Welcome to OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN, your daily rundown from The Hill on all the latest news in the White House, Senate and House races.

Waiting for Joe. That’s been the state of political play for weeks now, as the vice president continues his drawn-out deliberations over whether to enter the presidential race just months after the death of his son Beau.

One matter of consensus: Biden is running out of time and probably needs to make up his mind this week. As The Hill’s Niall Stanage reports, some party insiders question whether the VP can find enough of a rationale for his candidacy to win the Democratic nomination. Read his story Tuesday at The Hill.

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We’ll continue waiting for Joe... but in the meantime check out TheHill.com tonight for the latest on the 2016 campaign, including Amie Parnes’ and Julian Hattem’s inside story of how Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE is preparing for her high-stakes Benghazi hearing, and Jonathan Easley’s account of how Dems are jumping on Trump’s 9/11-George W. Bush bandwagon.  

 

RACE TO 1600 PENN: 

DEMS RUN DEFENSE FOR HILLARY: The Hill’s Julian Hattem reports: Democrats say Republicans have “no evidence” to support claims that Hillary Clinton was in any way responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, three years ago. Clinton faces the Benghazi panel on Thursday morning - a high risk date for her campaign. 

PARTISAN? WHO ME? The Hill’s Scott Wong and Julian Hattem report: House Republicans looking to make a name for themselves will be desperate to land a blow on Hillary Clinton at the Benghazi hearing. With Democrats on the panel defending her, expect a bitter partisan showdown. 

DEPT. OF OPTIMISM: The Hill’s Mark Hensch reports: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) says it's "nonsense" to claim his presidential campaign is on "life support." Huckabee currently ranks seventh out of 15 candidates, and The Hill reported last week that he is attracting the fewest donations of any top 10 GOP presidential contender.

TEA PARTY TED: The Hill’s Mark Hensch reports: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE (R-Texas) won the weekend’s North Carolina Tea Party Constitutional Caucus with 51-percent support in the statewide voting. 

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BERNIE’S CASH QUESTION: The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports: Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE’ groundswell of fundraising support has brought him well within striking distance of Hillary Clinton. But if he wants to have a true shot at beating Clinton outside of Iowa and New Hampshire, he’ll likely have to dramatically step up his spending to compete across the country, strategists say. Read the story Tuesday at The Hill.

 

ODDS AND ENDS: 

GUN SAFETY, CLINTON-STYLE: The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes reports: A top aide to Hillary Clinton on Monday pushed back on the NRA’s charge that the Democratic presidential candidate supports “gun confiscation.” Clinton last week said an Australian-style gun buyback program would be “worth considering” to get guns off the streets. Asked during a Monday interview if Clinton was suggesting the confiscation of guns, Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri said, “of course not.” 

MR. RUBIO, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL: The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes reports: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Fauci: 'We are not going in the right direction' FBI says Breonna Taylor case is 'top priority' for Louisville agents MORE (R-Ky.) harkened back to the Cold War to attack the foreign policy credentials of his presidential rival, suggesting Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE’s support for a no-fly zone in Syria raises the prospect of a conflict with Russia. "We are really lucky he was never president during the Cold War," Paul told CNBC's John Harwood in the interview released Monday.

 

POLL POSITION: 

TRUMP TOWERS IN FLORIDA: The Hill’s Mark Hensch reports: Billionaire Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE tops another poll of GOP voters in Florida. Trump received 21.7 percent of likely Florida Republican primary voters to Carson’s 19.3 percent. Home state Sen. Marco Rubio comes in third and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is fourth in the poll. 

CLINTON’S DEBATE BUMP: The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports: Hillary Clinton has increased her lead nationally over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), according to a new poll conducted in the days after the first Democratic presidential debate. According to a Monmouth University survey released on Monday, Clinton takes 48 percent support, a six-point jump over her standing in the same poll from last month. VP Biden, meanwhile, has seen his support fall from 22 percent last month to 17 percent 

SANDERS HANGS TOUGH IN NH: The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new poll conducted after last week's Democratic presidential debate. Sanders holds an 8 point lead over Clinton, 38 percent to 30 percent, in the Granite State, according to the Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll released Monday.

 

THE DAILY TRUMP:

IS TRUMP REALLY INDEPENDENT? The Washington Post reports: Donald Trump has been attacking his opponents for using super-PACs, but just how close is the billionaire’s own campaign to a mysterious outside group? 

THIS ARTWORK IS GONNA BE YUUUUUUGE: The Des Moines Register reports: “A bus that traveled the state of Iowa this summer as a mobile advertisement for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is now headed to Miami as a piece of conceptual art. And it’s not exactly supportive of Trump’s candidacy.”

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“Gronkowski, my number one pick. The guy is a monster.” -- Jeb Bush, on his top fantasy football pick, New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski.

 

CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGNS: 

BLUNTING THE OPPOSITION: The Springfield News-Leader reports: “Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Senate GOP starting to draft next coronavirus proposal MORE’s campaign is getting a big-time boost from an influential Washington advocacy group, which plans to spend nearly $800,000 on a TV and radio ad blitz supporting the Missouri Republican.”

 

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MONEY WATCH: 

#HOLLYWOOD4HILLARY: The Hill’s Cheryl Segal reports: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is getting campaign donations from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Bernie Sanders wins the love of Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo among others. The Republicans nab a few actor/musician donors, but the conservatives are right: Hollywood leans to the left.

 

WHAT WE ARE WATCHING FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW:

(All times Eastern) 

Jeb Bush is on Fox News’s Sean Hannity show at 10 p.m. Monday night.

Bernie Sanders appears on Tavis Smiley’s PBS show Monday night. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is a guest on Monday night’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Tuesday’s “The View.” 

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday.

 

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