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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Among the released emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server, approximately 150 have been deemed classified by the State Department.

The roughly 150 emails are among 7,000 pages of new emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that the State Department will publish on its public records website later Monday -- part of its ongoing effort to make all of 30,000 emails public.

Monday's publication brings the total number of emails that had to be upgraded to classified to around 213.

Clinton has long maintained that while she was serving as secretary of state, she never handled any emails on her private server that were marked classified. State Department officials have also noted that the emails were not classified at the time they were sent, but the number of emails that were later deemed classified demonstrates that whether or not they were marked classified, the emails were sensitive in nature.

It is not possible to send a properly marked and classified email through an unclassified State Department account or a private email account, according to multiple senior government officials familiar with handling sensitive materials in the government email system.

Each of the 150 emails newly deemed classified were considered exempt from public release using a specific guideline of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the regulation states that anything deemed to contain "classified information for national defense or foreign policy" is exempt from public release.

Emails marked under this specific exemption are considered "confidential" in nature, one of the lowest levels of classification.

The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- President Obama headed north on Monday to highlight the issue of climate change against the backdrop of receding glaciers in Alaska.

While visiting the 49th state, he plans to tour Seward’s Exit glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, which has receded more than 1.25 miles since records have been kept, visit fishing villages and head to the Arctic Circle, all to highlight the dire need for action on climate change. The White House says the Arctic has warmed twice as fast as the world as a whole.

And while the issue of climate change is important, here are three other issues the president may want to address on his trip north:

Who Owns the Arctic?

While technically no one country can “own” the arctic, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea allows each country to submit a claim that their continental shelf extends north, thereby granting them rights beyond their borders.

In 2007, Russia planted a titanium flag on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, a move that was mostly symbolic, but has since followed with a formal claim to the United Nations. The Russians first submitted their claim in 2002, but the U.N. sent it back for lacking evidence.

Meanwhile, the U.S. isn’t even able to submit a claim because Congress has yet to accede the “Law of the Sea.”

Ownership will be important as the ice thaws. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates underneath the Arctic ice lies approximately 13 percent of the Earth’s oil and 30 percent of the Earth’s natural gas.

Military Readiness in the North

While Russia is submitting claims of ownership, they are also running multiple military exercises with upwards of 50 ships and submarines and thousands of servicemen.

The U.S. just completed a six-month Arctic deployment with the U.S.S. Seawolf submarine, but the U.S. military has no nuclear ships that are capable of operating in the Arctic.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said in March the U.S. needs better prepare for Arctic activity.

"We need to look at it deliberately and understand it," he told Military.com at the time. "We need to get industry up there and study the place and find out when it is going to melt. What are the sea lines that will open? Are there territorial disputes? Are there threats? Russia is increasing their military presence, which sort of makes sense. Also, how do we survive up there with our ships our aircraft and our people?"

While Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, told NPR that having just a single, old heavy icebreaker at a time when other countries are jockeying for position in the Arctic weighs heavily on him.

"Russia has approximately 27 ocean-going icebreakers. ... Some of those are nuclear-powered," he told NPR in June. "And so we're not even in the same league as Russia right now."

And it’s not just Russia upping its Arctic military strategy; Canada has also put resources into its northern navy.

New Shipping Lanes Opening Up as Ice Thaws

While the thawing ice is proving worrisome for Arctic animals and climate change, it has provided a shortcut from Europe to Asia. Shipping lanes have opened up. The Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects estimate a trip from Norway to Japan that saves 10 days compared to using the Suez Canal could save roughly $1 million per trip.

While Japan’s transportation ministry logged only 71 ships crossing the northern route in 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal, the route is only open during the summer months when less ice impedes the journey.

While other countries are jockeying for a position in the Arctic, the United States has lagged behind.

“We have been for some time clamoring about our nation’s lack of capacity to sustain any meaningful presence in the Arctic,” Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, the Coast Guard’s commandant, told the New York Times.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has surged into the spotlight.

A new poll released Monday shows Ben Carson tied with Donald Trump for the lead in Iowa with 23 percent support, marking the first time since mid-July that an Iowa poll has shown Trump not alone in the lead.

The Monmouth University poll shows the surgeon’s support has unexpectedly increased by 15 points since the organization’s previous poll in mid-July. Meanwhile, former Iowa frontrunner Scott Walker has dropped 15 points to fifth place now.

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina holds third place in the new poll with 10 percent support, although criteria for the debate on CNN among the top 10 candidates threatens her ability to grab a podium.

The three candidates in the Republican field who have never held elected office now fill the top three spots in Iowa, so it’s no surprise that two-thirds of GOP voters say they want an outsider who can bring a new approach to Washington over someone with government experience who knows how to get things done.

Carson's favorability rating is the strongest in the field: eight in 10 Republican voters see him favorably; only 6 percent don’t.

Ted Cruz is in fourth place in the poll with 9 percent support, while Jeb Bush has sunk to 6th place with 5 percent of the vote. Bush is the only GOP candidate to garner a majority unfavorable rating in Iowa, up nine points to 51 percent since mid-July.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rapper Kanye West sent a jolt through the political and entertainment world on Sunday night when he announced he would run for president in 2020.

Now, the White House has responded.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest jokingly welcomed a potential presidential bid from the 38-year-old rapper, saying he looks “forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat.”

So what could West's presidential campaign slogan be? He may have offered a hint in his speech at the VMAs -- “It’s about ideas, bro.”

"I don’t know what I stand to lose after this. It don’t matter though, because it ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro, new ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth,” West said while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs Sunday night. “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” (Mic drop.)

If the rapper-turned-presidential-aspirant does decide to mount a 2020 run, West shouldn’t expect a glowing endorsement from President Obama. After all, the president has called him a “jack---” twice -- first in 2009 after West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs, then again in a 2012 interview with The Atlantic.

“He is a jack---,” Obama told The Atlantic in 2012. “But he’s talented.”

Obama also called out West earlier this year for claiming the president calls him on his home phone.

“I’ve met Kanye twice,” Obama told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year. “The first time was when I was a senator and he was with his mom. He’d just gotten big. He’s from Chicago, so they wanted to meet, and he was very soft-spoken and very gracious. He was a young guy, and hadn’t quite come into his own. And about six months ago, he came to an event and, look, I love his music and he’s incredibly creative. I don’t think I’ve got his home number.”

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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War, his campaign confirmed to ABC News.

"As a college student in the 1960s he was a pacifist," Michael Briggs, campaign spokesman added in an email. "[He] isn't now."

Last week, the Des Moines Register ran a column from a Hillary Clinton supporter and Vietnam veteran, titled, "How can Sanders be commander in chief?"

"My question as a Vietnam veteran is: How on earth could a person claiming to be a conscientious objector become the commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world?" questioned the column author Steve Wikert. According to a profile from the Vermont Senator's hometown newspaper, the Burlington Free Press, his conscientious objector status application was eventually rejected, but by then Sanders was too old to be drafted.

Sanders's political and anti-war activism in the 1960s and '70s has been well-documented. While at the University of Chicago, he was a member of several progressive peace organizations, including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Student Peace Union.

As a congressman and later senator, Sanders has rarely voted to authorize the use of force.

In 1991, he stood in opposition to the first Gulf War, voting against military involvement in the country even after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. "I think we could've gotten Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in a way that did not require a war," he told ABC's Martha Raddatz Sunday on This Week, arguing that with the world in agreement, other options were available, including sanctions.

After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Sanders did vote in favor of a military response in Afghanistan. But Sanders said the use of force, in his opinion, is not only permissible in response to an attack.

"I believe that the United States should have the strongest military in the world. We should be working with other countries in coalition. And when people threaten the United States or threaten our allies, or commit genocide, the United States, with other countries, should be prepared to act militarily," he continued.

Sanders's campaign website does not include any foreign policy or national security information under its "On the Issues" tab, but the Senator said he would be focusing more on those issues in the future.

On the campaign trail, Sanders does talk about his work on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and what he sees as the long-term, human cost of war.

"The cost of war is great, and it is far more than the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on planes, tanks, missiles and guns," Sanders wrote in an opinion piece in the Boston Globe last summer. "The cost of war is more than 6,800 service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of their loved ones. It's about hundreds of thousands of men and women coming home from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, many of them having difficulty keeping jobs in order to pay their bills. It's about high divorce rates. It's about the terrible tragedy of veterans committing suicide," he wrote.

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Lance King/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration’s decision to rename North America’s highest summit from Mount McKinley to its traditional Native American name, Denali, has divided lawmakers along geographical lines.

Many lawmakers from McKinley’s home state of Ohio were furious with the announcement Sunday, while Alaskan legislators welcomed the decision, which reverts the mountain back to its original name before Congress changed it in 1917 to honor the assassinated president, William McKinley.

The Ohio Republicans who weighed in on the decision, including Sen. Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner, were uniformly upset. Boehner said in a written statement that he was “deeply disappointed” with the decision.

“There is a reason President McKinley’s name has served atop the highest peak in North America for more than 100 years, and that is because it is a testament to his great legacy,” Boehner said.

Ohio lawmakers have long regarded the preservation of McKinley’s name as an important home state issue.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents the 13th district, introduced a bill in January 2013 to retain the name, saying, “Mount McKinley has borne the name of our 25th President for over 100 years. We must retain this national landmark’s name in order to honor the legacy of this great American President and patriot.” A spokesman for Ryan said he would not be weighing in on Sunday’s announcement.

Ohio’s senior senator, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, was less pointed in his reaction, expressing neither disappointment nor happiness that the mountain would now on be known by its native Athabascan name, which translates to “the high one” or “the great one.”

"This announcement is about honoring the Athabascan people who call Alaska their home and its highest mountain, ‘Denali,’” Brown said in a statement. “President McKinley is a great Ohioan and streets and schools throughout the Midwest bear testimony to his legacy. I will continue to work with the Administration to ensure that future generations of Americans are aware of McKinley's legacy."

Just as the preservation of the name Mount McKinley is important to Ohio lawmakers, so too was its change to Alaskans, whose congressional delegation welcomed the news with bipartisan excitement.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski tweeted a video reaction to the announcement featuring her posing in front of the mountain.

Democratic Sen. Dan Sullivan tweeted similarly.

And Rep. Don Young, a Republican, tweeted that the announcement was a foregone conclusion.

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ABC News (NEW YORK) — It looks like an exciting, unpredictable month of August in the race for the White House is approaching a quiet end.

Frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have no public events Monday, with Clinton back to the Hamptons to continue her vacation.

Republican establishment favorite Jeb Bush is also off the trail.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits the late night circuit, appearing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes to Michigan, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in Nevada for a meet-and-greet.

In the early states, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are in Iowa.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has three events in New Hampshire.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department is set to release its largest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails to date Monday, at least 6,000 pages from the over 55,000 pages it’s been poring over since April.

That’s a lot of paper.

With the average ream of paper measuring two inches thick, 55,000 pieces of paper stacked on top of each other is high enough to let someone climb up and change a light bulb 18 feet high -- or even higher if the person stood on top.

The average piece of paper can fit about 500 words, single-spaced, so that much paper could fit more than 27 million words, which would take the average person, who types 40 words per minute, more than a year to type. It would take the average person, who can read a page in about two minutes, more than 76 days to read.

With one tree making more than 16 reams of paper, it may have taken six trees to create those 55,000 pieces of paper.

Watch the video for more examples to help you visualize how much paper 55,000 pages really is.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to securing the nation's borders, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he has heard "legitimate concerns" from voters about the need to strengthen security along the U.S. border with Canada, not just Mexico.

Asked by NBC about the notion of building a fence along the Canadian border, the Republican presidential candidate said it's an issue "for us to look at."

"Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire," Walker told NBC News' Chuck Todd in a Meet the Press interview that aired Sunday.

"They have raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that's a legitimate issue for us to look at."

Walker, who has made border security a central focus of his broader national security platform, told Todd "we need to secure the borders in general," citing the southern border with Mexico as having the "most rampant spots" for illegal border crossings.

"If we're spending millions of dollars on TSA at our airports, if we're spending all sorts of money on port security, it only makes sense to me that, if part of what we're doing is protect ourselves, and set aside immigration for a minute, but protect ourselves from risk out there, I think we should make sure we have a secure border," he said.

In a speech at the Citadel military college in South Carolina last week, Walker, 47, warned that terrorists could be penetrating the U.S.-Mexico border, using the same routes as immigrants crossing the border illegally.

“You see, Islamic extremists and other terrorists are most likely using the same trails into our homeland as the drug cartels, the weapons smugglers and the human traffickers," Walker said Friday in what was the first major foreign policy speech of his presidential campaign.

Border security has become a driving issue in the Republican presidential contest since front-runner Donald Trump surged to the top of the polls with an immigration platform that calls for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deporting all immigrants in the country illegally and revoking birthright citizenship for children of immigrant parents who entered the United States illegally.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is confident Hillary Clinton’s campaign will avoid a repeat of 2008, when she lost the Democratic presidential nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, even as the party's frontrunner starts to slip in the Iowa polls and faces growing controversy over her private email server.

"Her campaign is so much different than 2008," Klobuchar told Martha Raddatz Sunday on "This Week." "It has energy, it's organized, it is a grassroots campaign."

Although Klobuchar, a Democrat, has endorsed Clinton this election cycle, she supported Obama in 2008.
A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll shows Clinton polling at 37 percent in Iowa, losing ground to Bernie Sanders, who is at 30 percent. But Klobuchar, who noted that the caucuses are still several months away, did not seem concerned.

"This is not a coronation. She [Clinton] expected there would be other candidates in the race," Klobuchar said. "You can't just waltz in and win a Democratic primary."

Klobuchar also said she appreciated Clinton's tone acknowledging the problems her campaign is facing over her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

"In this case she had to take responsibility for what she did, and she did," Klobuchar said. "She said she should have had two email accounts and should have done this differently."

As for whether Joe Biden will throw his hat into the 2016 ring, which could potentially pose a serious challenge to Clinton's candidacy, Klobuchar only said the vice president had to make a decision that was right for him and his family.

Klobuchar was elected to the Senate in 2006. Her memoir, "The Senator Next Door: A Memoir From the Heartland," was published earlier this month.

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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday he does not know whether new poll numbers putting him within 7 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa mean her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is in trouble, but his campaign is "doing great."

“You know, it’s not just in Iowa. It’s in New Hampshire. It’s all across this country,” he said on "This Week." "I think people are responding to our message."

Sanders admitted that Clinton was “way ahead" of him in terms of her support among Democratic Party and institutional leaders, but argued that many of them might still support him in the end.

“Democratic leaders are not dumb," said Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress. "What they want and what I want is to make sure that we do not see a Republican gain control over the White House.

“And I think as these look around the country and see the kind of energy and see the kind of huge turnouts we're getting, seeing the kind of young people who, for the first time, are getting involved in the political process ... I think what these leaders -- maybe not today but in a couple months -- will say, 'You know, we want to win.'"

In the Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night, an overwhelming percentage of Sanders' supporters –- 96 percent -- said they support him and his ideas, while just 2 percent said they were supporting him out of opposition to Clinton.

"They want a candidate who is not dependent upon super PACs, a candidate who is prepared to take on and overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision," Sanders said.

When ABC News' Martha Raddatz asked Sanders about the fact that his website does not include any information on foreign policy or a national security agenda, Sanders agreed those were important issues and said his campaign planned to spend more time on them in the future.

When asked specifically about his criteria for the use of force, Sanders, who voted against the first Gulf War, the war in Iraq and the use of force in Syria after the chemical weapons attack in that country, said the United States has too often gone to war unilaterally.

“I believe that the United States should have the strongest military in the world. We should be working with other countries in coalition. And when people threaten the United States or threaten our allies, or commit genocide, the United States, with other countries, should be prepared to act militarily," he said.

“Do we need to go to war in every instance or can we bring pressure of sanctions and international pressure to resolve these conflicts?" he said. "War is a last resort, not the first resort. So you are looking at a guy, yes, there are times when you have to use force. No question about it. But that should be a last resort."

On the question of the use of drones to strike suspected terrorist targets, Sanders said he believed drone attacks had, at times, been effective.

"There are times and places where drone attacks have been effective. There are times and places where they have been absolutely counter-effective and have caused more problems than they have solved.

When you kill innocent people, what the end result is that people in the region become anti-American who otherwise would not have been," he said. "So I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case."

In 2013, Sanders voted against the CIA Director John Brennan’s nomination in the Senate, citing, in part, the killing of innocent people through the country’s drone program.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed optimism for his own presidential campaign in the face of Donald Trump's surging popularity, calling it a symptom of the early campaign season.

"I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job," he told Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week." "I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day."

Like several of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Jindal said Trump has tapped into "anger" and "frustration" to draw his large crowds.

"What the polls tell me is that nobody really has any real voters right now," he said.

Several polls indicate Jindal will not be on the prime-time Republican debate stage next month. However, he remains confident he still has ample time to catch fire.

"We are seeing great momentum in Iowa. We are seeing standing only crowds, we are gong to every county," said Jindal. "What I see is that votes haven't committed to any candidate yet ... this is a wide open race."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- If we have our undisputed frontrunners, why does nobody seem to be happy about it?

Maybe it has something to do with the hair. Donald Trump has his, but we’re not sure his rivals will have theirs by the time they read all of Trump’s Tweets. Hillary Clinton says she colors hers, but the focus of the Democratic race is on some men who most certainly don’t.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, we’re talking about Bible verses, chocolate bars, and Asian people.

At least we’re entitled to ask some questions, we assume.

Here’s a look at some of the stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead:


Hillary Clinton might be sorry she ever set up her own private server, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s done talking about her emails. Monday will bring thousands of fresh pages released by the State Department, with reams of emails that may or may not touch on classified issues. To round out the week, two former top Clinton aides will be deposed on Thursday in front of the House Benghazi committee. This is all separate from a rolling series of releases involving her aides’ emails that have pulled back the curtain on the always complicated web of Clinton world connections – plus former President Clinton’s lucrative speaking career. The email disclosures and her handling of them have already caused deep concern about Clinton’s candidacy inside the Democratic Party.


What will Joe do? It’s the biggest question in the Democratic race, as we near decision time for the vice president and an anxious party. Joe Biden told Democrats this past week that he’s not sure he has the “emotional fuel” for another run. But Draft Biden officials have the caloric fuel handled, passing out chocolate bars to those same Democrats the following day. Biden will be in Florida Wednesday and Thursday for a speech and a meeting specifically designed to sell the Iran deal. As his team-in-waiting puts pieces in place to support a possible run, Biden still appears weeks away from a decision, though signals (intentional and otherwise) will be emanating from his camp.


We’re not in lame duck territory just yet, and President Obama is out to prove it. The Obama agenda is becoming the 2016 agenda, despite and sometimes because of a certain Republican frontrunner. The president’s trip to Alaska on Monday will put energy and climate issues in the spotlight, and put Obama himself in the middle of some stunning pictures. Republican candidates led by Scott Walker are calling on the president to cancel or dial back a scheduled state visit by the Chinese president. Then there’s Iran, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz joining forces – and Dick Cheney lending his voice, too – to push Congress to kill the nuclear deal. It’s hard to think of a troika that might unite Democrats more quickly.


The GOP frontrunner is reaching new high-water marks in polls while breaking every rule of politics. Donald Trump is campaigning his way – with nighttime rallies, nonstop interviews, and middle-of-the-night Tweets that taunt and flummox his opponents. Labor Day weekend offers the possibility of a quieter Trump campaign. Will any of his opponents be able to fill the void? Traditional stumping is being supplemented with policy addresses – foreign policy is a good late-summer topic – yet no one has yet solved the Trump equation with satisfactory results.


Who’s in, who’s out, and how many will there be? The deadline for polls that count toward earning a spot at the second Republican debate is Sept. 10. Already some GOP candidates – led by Carly Fiorina – are complaining that they aren’t being ample space to prove they’ve broken through since the first debate. On the Democratic side, complaints are growing about the fact that there will be only six debates. Martin O’Malley is flat-out accusing the Democratic National Committee of colluding with the Clinton campaign to limit the number. The encounters are make-or-break moments for candidates, so the lobbying and pressure is intense.

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ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Saturday that a decision is imminent about whether he will run as a third party candidate.

“We’re going to make a decision very soon and I think a lot of people are going to be very happy," Trump told reporters in Nashville Tennessee, after addressing the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.

Trump was the only Republican at the Fox News GOP debate that took place earlier this month who would not rule out a third party bid were he to fail to win the GOP nomination.

If he does commit to support the party's nominee, however, a new rule adopted by the South Carolina Republican Party would bar him from competing in the state's primary, and other state GOP organizations have said they are considering a similar rule. He must file paperwork for the South Carolina primary by September 30th.

Trump also repeated comments about former Rep. Anthony Weiner, calling him "psychologically disturbed." Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, resigned from Congress embroiled in "sexting" scandal. Trump called him a "sleazebag" at a Massachusetts event Friday night.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Bernie Sanders is closing in.

That's the latest from a new poll released in Iowa on Saturday night, showing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton leading Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by only 7 percentage points, 37 percent to 30 percent.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg News poll also shows Vice President Joe Biden, who is still considering entering the race, at 14 percent.

The poll comes less than three weeks after a Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce poll in New Hampshire on August 11 showed Sanders leading Clinton, 44-37, in that state.

Still, Clinton maintains a broad national lead. She led Sanders by 23 points in a Quinnipiac poll early this week.

The seven-point margin is Clinton's smallest lead in Iowa this election cycle, and her 37 percent support is her lowest showing in the state since the campaign began.

"What this new poll shows is that the more Iowans get to know Bernie the better they like him and what he stands for," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said. "We’ve seen the same thing in New Hampshire and across the country."

The numbers show more of a decline in support for Clinton than an increase in support for Sanders. Other polls this summer have shown Sanders hovering around 30 percent in Iowa. But in the past, Clinton has garnered support from roughly half of Iowans.

That leaves a rather high 14 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa unready to choose a candidate at this point.

The poll also finds that among voters under 45 years old, Clinton is losing to Sanders by a broad 23 points.

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