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John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Joe Biden may not appear on the debate stage next week, but a group seeking to draft him into the presidential race will make his presence known on TV beforehand — in an emotional spot featuring the vice president talking about family tragedies and potential of the U.S.

ABC News has learned that Draft Biden, the super-PAC urging the vice president to run in 2016, will air its first national television ad on the day of the Democratic debate. In a six-figure national cable buy, the 90 second spot will air on CNN in the run-up to the debate on Oct. 13 and then again the next day.

The ad splices together audio from an emotional speech Biden delivered at Yale University just two weeks before his son Beau passed away. The vice president recounts the death of his first wife, Neilia, and daughter, Naomi, in a car crash and how the heartbreak brought him closer with his family.

“The incredible bond I have with my children is a gift I’m not sure I would’ve had had I not been through what I went through,” Biden says as photos of his young family air on the screen. “By focusing on my sons, I found my redemption.”

After describing his personal experience with tragedy, the ad features Biden talking about the potential of America.

“You’re on the cusp of some of the most astonishing breakthroughs in the history of mankind – scientific, technological, socially,” he says. “It’ll be up to you in this changing world to translate those unprecedented capabilities into a greater measure of happiness and meaning not just for yourself, for the world around you.”

The ad concludes with simple text: “Joe, run.”

The vice president is expected to make a decision about a presidential run in the coming weeks. Biden has previously said he will not "rush" his decision as he discerns whether he has the emotional energy to run, but logistical deadlines for setting up a viable campaign are quickly approaching.

For the past two months, Draft Biden has ramped up its efforts to pave the way for a potential Biden run. The group has recruited volunteers in all 50 states and has hired staff in the critical early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. It is also looking to hire staff in the Super Tuesday primary states as well as Florida.
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Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that more people should be armed in the United States and said he would be okay with teachers being armed.

“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. I would feel more comfortable,” Carson said in a new interview with USA Today’s Capital Download. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.”

Carson said he would like teachers to be trained in diversionary tactics, along with other school personnel.

“You obviously are not going to have a weapon sitting on the teacher’s desk, but be secured in a place where kids cannot get to it,” Carson said on ABC’s The View Tuesday.

The comments come just days after a gunman opened fire in an Umpqua Community College classroom in Oregon last week, leaving 10 people dead.

Carson also knocked down the notion that gun-free zones would mitigate gun violence in the country, noting that gun-free zones would actually draw the gunman to the particular site.

“They aren’t likely to go into a place where they are likely to get shot,” Carson told USA Today.

The retired neurosurgeon has stood by his position that gun control isn’t the issue, but rather mental health. Carson has said that to stop gun violence that data collection is needed to prevent mass shootings from happening.

“You’re not going to handle it with more gun control,” Carson said at campaign events last week. “Gun control only works for normal law-abiding citizens, it doesn’t work for crazies.”

When asked how he would deal with a gunman in a situation, Carson told Fox News: “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”

“I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him!’” he added. “He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.”

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ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(HAVANA) -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is in Havana for two to discuss how new regulations will allow Americans to more easily do business in Havana.

The secretary will meet with Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca.

She'll also visit Mariel Port, a billion dollar Brazilian port located about 30 miles outside of Havana. The 2,300 foot dock hopes to become a hub of shipping within the Caribbean.

The new regulations refer to the Administration's decision in late September to not only allow American companies to establish a physical presences in Cuba and hire Cuban nationals, but also open bank accounts and bring family members with them on work related travel.

Her visit marks the second US cabinet level official visit to the island. The first official visit was Secretary of State John Kerry in August for the ceremonial embassy opening.

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andykatz/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(MUSCATINE, Iowa) --  Hillary Clinton thinks every Republican presidential candidate should read her book "Hard Choices" -- so much so that she sent 14 of them a copy of it, along with a personalized letter telling each of them to form a book club.

"You know I hear the Republicans talking from time to time in their debates and elsewhere and they say things like 'Oh I don't know what she accomplished as secretary of state, she didn't accomplish anything,' I listened to that for a while and then I thought you know maybe they just don't know," Clinton said Tuesday at an organizing event at an outdoor strawberry farm in Muscatine, Iowa. "So I have now sent each of them a copy of my book, 'Hard Choices,' about what we did during those four years."

Clinton's campaign confirmed that she sent the book to every Republican presidential candidate, except for one: Jim Gilmore. (The campaign did provide explanation for why Gilmore did not make the cut, except to suggest there didn't seem to be a point given his low poll numbers.)

In the letters she sent to each candidate, she used their full and formal names.

Ben Carson, for instance, she addressed as Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. And Bobby Jindal she addressed using his official first name, Piyush Jindal.

"I understand that you and your fellow Republican candidates for president were questioning my record of accomplishments at your last debate, so I thought you might enjoy reading my book, Hard Choices," Clinton wrote in a letter to the candidates, according to copy of the text from her campaign. "From working to restore America's standing in the world to bringing crippling sanctions to Iran to negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza, please enjoy all 596 pages of my time as secretary of state. With 15 candidates in the race, you've got enough people for a book club!"

The campaign says they sent out the books at the end of last week. Tuesday Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal both responded.

We’ll gladly return the favor and send @HillaryClinton’s campaign #ATimeForTruth because, well... https://t.co/mAFpyZ2SOK

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 6, 2015

I'll make a deal with you @HillaryClinton, if you watch these videos http://t.co/TBLx9EOy8N, I'll read your book. -Bobby

— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) October 6, 2015

According to a spokeswoman for Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor has not yet received it.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House conservatives who helped force Speaker John Boehner’s early retirement will hear from the candidates looking to succeed the Ohio Republican.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., and House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are set to address a number of House conservative groups, including the House Freedom Caucus and Tea Party Caucus, at a Monday evening forum held after votes.

Conservatives have called for more inclusive management of the conference, greater representation in committee leadership, and want more bills to go through the committee process, among various demands.

McCarthy, who has pledged to lead inclusively if elected, is favored to replace Boehner, who was under pressure from conservatives to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown when he announced his resignation on Sept. 25.

He's faced some criticism for his comments last week linking the House Select Benghazi Committee’s investigation to Hillary Clinton’s declining presidential polling -- a flub that paved the way for Chaffetz’s surprise entrance into the race.

McCarthy has since regretted his comments and has defended the committee’s work.

“The mission of the Select Committee on Benghazi is to find the truth -- period,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

The California Republican is expected to win the conference speaker vote on Thursday, and allies say he has a majority of the conference behind him.

McCarthy needs conservatives’ support to win the 218 votes needed in the Oct. 29 speaker election to officially replace Boehner.

“There are fifty or so members who just cannot or will not vote for existing leadership on the floor of the House,” Chaffetz claimed Monday in an interview with ABC News, conceding that he’ll likely lose his bid against McCarthy.

McCarthy can only afford to lose 29 Republican votes on Oct. 29 and still win Boehner’s gavel. Twenty-five Republicans voted against Boehner in January. (Webster, a former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, won 12 votes in that speaker’s election.)

Conservatives say McCarthy, who voted with a minority of Republicans last week to avert a government shutdown, will have to chart a course forward while defending his record in leadership.

“He’s got to explain why very little happened for four-and-a-half-years with Republican control, and how that will change,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. “He’s also got to articulate how he’s going to put the party back together.”

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said on Tuesday that Democrats will stay out of the GOP speaker vote on the floor later this month, and that he expects all Democrats to back Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"I don't think there's a great role for us to play on this," he said.

On Monday, Boehner announced that elections for other leadership posts would be delayed until after Oct. 29. The move is expected to help McCarthy, as some members have expressed reluctance at simply elevating members of the existing leadership team, like McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who is running to replace him.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic Party’s first debate of the 2016 Presidential campaign is exactly one week from Tuesday and after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, gun control will likely take center stage.

Several of the candidates have laid out new proposals addressing gun violence in the last few weeks -- Hillary Clinton did so on Monday -- energizing gun control advocates across the country.

“This is really a seed change in terms of how presidential candidates are talking about this, where they would not have in the past,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told ABC News. “It was the third-rail of politics.”

Watts called the renewed focus on the issue “a big deal.”

Compared to their GOP counterparts, the Democratic presidential contenders have a lot in common when it comes to gun control policy. For example, Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders all agree on banning combat-style assault weapons and improving background checks.

But there are key differences in their proposals. Here’s a look at where they agree and where they don't:


Where They Agree: Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley all talk about the need to improve the current system of background checks and close the so-called “gun show loophole,” which would require gun dealers selling at shows and adhoc venues to run background checks.

Where They Disagree: Clinton and O’Malley are specifically calling for universal background checks. O’Malley says he would seek to end Internet-sales all together and require all weapons purchases be made in person. Clinton says she would take “administrative action” to close the gun show and Internet-sale loopholes. Sanders has said the country must “strengthen and enforce” the instant background check system currently in place and that his campaign is in the process of assembling a more comprehensive package on gun control measures. While in the Senate, Sanders did vote in favor of a bill calling for universal background checks.

Clinton and O’Malley are also both proposing action against what is referred to as the “Charleston loophole.” Dylan Roof, who allegedly shot and killed nine members of an African-American church in Charleston this summer, was able to purchase a gun despite a previous felony, because of a long-standing default rule, wherein purchases can go through when law enforcement fails to complete a background check within three business days. Both O’Malley and Clinton promise to abolish this default and grant law enforcement as much time as they need to run a check.


Where They Agree: Both Sanders and Clinton say “straw purchases” (when one person buys a gun for another) should be made a federal crime.

Where They Agree: O’Malley and Clinton both include in their proposals banning anyone convicted of domestic abuse or stalking from owning a gun.

Where They Disagree: In addition to requiring buyers to pass a background check, O’Malley wrote in his policy position paper released in early September, that he wants everyone seeking a gun (whether through a sale or a gift or transfer) to “obtain a fingerprint-based license and complete safety training.” He is also proposing a federal age requirement (21-years-of-age) for handgun ownership, and new requirements and definitions for safe home storage of firearms.

Where They Disagree: Clinton is also calling on the federal government to finish and enforce its rules to ensure the “severely mentally ill,” involuntarily committed into treatment centers, are prohibited from purchasing guns.


Where They Agree: Clinton and O’Malley are both pushing for the repeal of the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which prevents victims of gun violence from suing gun manufactures or dealers for damages. Clinton voted against this bill in the Senate in 2005.

They also both promise to devote more attention and resources to gun store inspections, and empower and better fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ ability to revoke licenses of noncompliant dealers.

Where They Disagree: Sanders voted in favor of the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” while serving in the House of Representatives.

Where They Disagree: O’Malley is also calling for the creation of a national firearms registry.

“This might be an easier issue for people to wrap their heads around if there was one easy answer, but like most complex public policy issues there isn’t,” Pia Carusone, spokesperson for Gabby Giffords’ gun control PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions, told ABC News. “It is a series of actions that need to be taken by Congress, by the executive branch and all the way down to the community level in terms of supporting your local mental health center.”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says they will eventually endorse a candidate.

“These shootings are making single-issue voters out of mothers and women,” Watts said, “In a perfect world, every single candidate will have something we can look at and compare. ... If you’re caught off-guard and you don’t have a policy or proposal on this, you look pretty tone deaf."

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David Greedy/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the fight between GOP hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio heats up, it seems the Trump campaign thought Rubio might need a little help cooling off.

On Monday, the Trump campaign sent Rubio’s Washington office a special care package, with 24 bottles of water with Trump’s face on them and the words “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.” Also in the care package: two “Make America Great Again” towels, bumper stickers, and a note reading, “Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water. Enjoy!”

“Apparently the water is very high quality water. It’s top notch water that he sent us,” Rubio said Tuesday morning on NBC. “So we’re grateful for the gift.”

In 2013, Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response went viral after he interrupted his speech to chug some water.

Rubio and his team embraced the event. At one point, they were even trying to raise money off of it, selling signed water bottles online.

Now, Rubio always has a bottle of water handy on the campaign trail. At an event in Cedar Falls this week, he showed Fox News his “speech routine.”

“Water for my throat, especially. It starts to hurt at the end of the day for some reason,” said Rubio. “Especially on a lot of planes."

This isn’t the first time Trump has attacked Rubio for getting too thirsty or sweating too much. Following the second GOP debate, Trump said of Rubio “he sweats more than any young person I've ever seen in my life.”

Rubio responded by joking, “I really want to take a sip of water but, Donald Trump will make fun of me!”

Asked on Tuesday how he felt about Trump’s prank care package, Rubio seemed to imply he was unimpressed.

“I don’t know. It is what it is,” he told Fox. “I drink water. So what? And I only sweat when it’s hot.”

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Oli Scarff/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — At an early childhood education conference in Manchester Monday, Clinton spent a lot of time talking about the importance of talking — and singing — to your children.

At one point, she talked about her granddaughter, tying it to her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

"She’s a little over 1, so we’ve got a long way to go. She’s so over-stimulated it’s embarrassing,” the Democratic frontrunner said. “But we read to her, and sing to her. [Moderator: Really] Yes, as you can see from SNL, I’m an enthusiastic, terrible singer…sometimes she says, no no, don’t sing.”  

She went on to say that Spanish-speaking parents should still speak and sing to their child in their native language, and encourage a bilingual child.  

“I mean, I’m barely monolingual,” she said.

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ABC News(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) — “Nothing short of crazy.”

That’s what 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz thinks about President Obama’s proposed plan for handling the Syrian refugee crisis.

At a rally in Kalamazoo, Michigan Tuesday morning, Cruz was asked about the refugee crisis and defeating ISIS in Syria.

“What President Obama is proposing — bringing tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims to America — is nothing short of crazy,” Cruz said. "It would be the height of foolishness to bring in tens of thousands of people, including jihadists that are coming here to murder innocent Americans. Now this refugee crisis is a crisis in significant part of President Obama’s making. The people they are fleeing are the lunatics who have risen to power in the face of American weakness.”

Appealing to Christian voters, Cruz argued that the Obama administration is leaving behind Christian refugees.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Tuesday? Read below to find out their schedules:

Hillary Clinton

After Hillary Clinton made headlines Monday in New Hampshire, the Democratic frontrunner is ready to turn her attention to the very first contest in the presidential race: Iowa. The former Secretary of State, who made news Monday for her emotional comments on gun control and Benghazi, will hold a community forum in Davenport and another organizing event in Muscatine Tuesday afternoon.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main competition as of now, is in Washington Tuesday announcing a new bill to strengthen workers' bargaining rights.

Martin O’Malley

Martin O'Malley, now one week from the first Democratic debate, is in Nevada.
Donald Trump

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has nothing scheduled Tuesday.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush will also take to the Hawkeye state Tuesday evening for a county GOP Reagan dinner.

Other lower tier candidates, like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, as well as Bobby Jindal, who stretched up to 6 percent in Iowa in Sunday's NBC/WSJ poll, will also be in Iowa looking for a spark.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, also gaining steam in the polls, will be in New York City Tuesday morning before turning to New Hampshire for the night.

John Kasich

John Kasich will be in Washington, D.C. with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — an event Trump backed out of last week.
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court justices took the bench Monday and like last term, this one is shaping up to be a blockbuster — with affirmative action in college admissions, unions and legislative districts at issue.

Below are a few of the most significant cases the justices have already agreed to hear; two other big cases they haven’t yet taken but almost certainly will; and a few notes on another big issue to watch this term.


Fisher v. University of Texas

At issue: Affirmative action in college admissions

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

This is the second time the court will consider this case, in which plaintiff Abigail Fisher is challenging the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions. The first time the court heard the case, it held that the lower courts had been too deferential to school administrators in evaluating the affirmative action program. The lower court took another look and stood by its earlier decision, and the case is back before the justices, who could rule broadly on the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education. They could also write a decision that’s more limited to Texas’ unique admissions program, which first takes the top 10 percent of graduating seniors in the state and then uses race as part of a “holistic” analysis to fill the remaining spots.

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

At issue: First Amendment challenge to compulsory dues in public sector unions

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

This case asks whether public-sector employee unions can require non-members to pay a share of the costs of collective bargaining. In the 1977 case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the court upheld a compulsory fee scheme, but has recently expressed doubts about the correctness of the decision. A group of California teachers now asks court to overrule Abood, claiming that requiring them to subsidize union activities violates the First Amendment. A ruling in favor of the teachers could deal a serious blow to public-sector unions across the country.

Evenwel v. Abbott

At issue: Proper method of drawing state legislative districts

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

At issue in this case is a challenge to the way Texas draws its state legislative districts. Like most states, Texas uses total population, not just voting eligible population; the challengers argue that this method means that areas with higher undocumented populations get an unfair advantage in legislative apportionment. The challengers ask the court to order states to draw districts using eligible voters, not total population. If they’re successful, the case could significantly change the composition of state legislatures, shifting power to rural (and away from urban) areas.


Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

At issue: Texas abortion restrictions

This case features a challenge to two provisions of Texas’ restrictive 2013 abortion law: a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and a requirement that abortion facilities comply with the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers. If these laws go into effect (they’re currently on hold) the challengers claim the number of clinics in Texas will drop by 75 percent to around 10, concentrated in the state’s urban centers. The lower court found that the legislature’s justification of promoting women’s health was sufficient; the challengers argue that there’s no evidence that these regulations promote health, and that they’re really about impeding women’s access to abortion. The fundamental question here is how much leeway states have to regulate abortion before a regulation will be deemed an “undue burden" (the language used in the court’s 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case). If the court takes this case, it could be the biggest abortion case in over 20 years.

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

At issue: birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) < The ACA requires health insurers to provide, among other things, cost-free contraceptive coverage to female employees. For employers who object on religious grounds, the government has come up with an accommodation: the employer can sign a form registering the objection, provide the federal government with information about its insurance plan, and the federal government will then make alternative arrangements to provide contraceptive coverage. A number of religious groups have objected to this process, under both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution, arguing that their religious convictions prevent them from completing the form. There’s now a circuit split and a number of petitions (the best known one from the Little Sisters of the Poor) pending. It seems highly likely that the court will grant one of them, though it will most likely wait until a petition out of the most recent case is filed.


The death penalty.

At the end of last term, two justices — Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — announced in their dissenting opinion in Glossip v. Gross that they had concluded that the death penalty was most likely unconstitutional as a general matter. This is a very significant development — since the court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 (between 1972 and 1976 the court imposed a de facto moratorium on the death penalty, finding that the arbitrariness of its imposition rendered it unconstitutional), very few justices have concluded that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

The Glossip dissent changed that. And, although justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor did not join the Breyer/Ginsburg opinion, their separate opinion was deeply troubled by the court’s rejection of the petitioner’s method-of-execution claim. They wrote that the majority opinion “leaves petitioners exposed to what may well be the chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake.” And Justice Antonin Scalia said at an event last month that there were four votes on the court right now to hold the death penalty unconstitutional.

The court has a number of death penalty cases on its docket this term, and it may yet take more. None of these cases squarely raises the question of the constitutionality of the death penalty. But there may be an appetite for engaging with the question, for the first time in quite some time.

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andykatz/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday released its first national television ad, set to hit airwaves on Tuesday -- featuring comments made by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about how the committee investigating Benghazi and her emails has led to a drop in her poll numbers.

The 30-second spot, titled “Admit,” is the latest move by Clinton’s campaign to highlight McCarthy’s remark, made last week on Fox News, which her team claims is proof that the Benghazi probe was set up to destroy Clinton’s campaign.

The ad uses McCarthy’s comment to make the campaign's larger point that Republicans are on a mission to bring down Clinton.

"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right, but we put together a Benghazi special committee," McCarthy can be heard saying. After a cut in the tape, the contender for House Speaker says: "What are her numbers today?"

A voiceover then says: “Republicans have spent millions attacking Hillary because she’s fighting for everything they oppose from affordable health care to equal pay.”

McCarthy later said the Benghazi committee had "nothing to do with politics." "This committee was set up for one sole purpose: to find the truth on behalf of the families of four dead Americans," he said on Fox News.

In a statement, a rep for House Speaker John Boehner blasted the spot.

"This is a classic Clinton attempt to distract from her record of putting classified information at risk and jeopardizing our national security, all of which the FBI is investigating," said spokeswoman Emily Schillinger.

Clinton, who has drawn scrutiny for the Benghazi attack and using a private email server to conduct government business, has maintained that she did nothing illegal.

According to Clinton's campaign, the spot is part of a new national cable TV ad buy that begins on Tuesday.

Since August, Clinton has aired several television ads across the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. This new ad will be the first one to air nationwide.

So far, Clinton’s campaign has spent roughly $14 million for air space in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Her campaign did not comment on how much this national ad buy cost, nor did they provide any other details about it.

The buy comes exactly one week before the first Democratic presidential primary debate, as well as amid growing concern about Clinton’s campaign and reports that Vice President Biden could challenge her in the race.

A NBC News/Marist poll released Monday showed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leading Clinton in New Hampshire by 14 points.

Clinton, however, was quick to defend herself as the national frontrunner. When asked about the New Hampshire poll in an interview with NBC News on Monday, she interjected.

“And it shows me winning in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and nationally,” she said, defensively. “So I'm happy to be in New Hampshire to talk to the people here."

The same poll does show Clinton ahead of Sanders in Iowa, but only by a slim margin: 33 - 28.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will visit with the families of the victims in last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.

A White House official confirmed that the President will head to Roseburg, Oregon "to visit privately with families of victims in the shooting."

Last Thursday, gunman Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at the college, killing nine people before shooting himself to death.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --   Singing sensation Demi Lovato wants Congress to make mental health a top priority and she heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with members of Congress to raise awareness of mental illness.

Earlier on Monday she spoke candidly at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention in Washington, D.C., about her own mental health struggles. The popular singer credited her friends and families for her recovery.

“The people around me know my deepest, darkest secrets,” she told the audience.

Lovato has joined five leading mental health advocacy organizations to encourage people to use their own voices to make a difference in mental health. She kicked off the "Be Vocal" campaign in a livestream video on Periscope Monday afternoon.

Her trip to the nation’s capital coincides with her recent nude and make-up free shoot for Vanity Fair magazine. She told the magazine she wanted to do the untouched photographs to encourage other women to overcome body-image issues. She has publicly struggled with eating disorders and entered rehab in 2010 to address emotional and physical issues.

"What does it mean to be confident?" Lovato said, according to Vanity Fair. "I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”
Lovato has not shied away from allowing her fans – known as "Lovatics" – to see glimpses of her personal life and raw emotions. Every week she usually starts with a “No Makeup Monday” self-portrait on Instagram. Another recent post showed her comforting her great-grandmother after the death of her great-grandfather “Papa."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  “I'm probably going to lose, but I'm okay with that.”

That’s a pretty surprising admission from someone who just announced they were running for Speaker of the House.

But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said that kind of uncertainty is exactly why he thinks he could also become the replacement for outgoing speaker John Boehner.

In an interview with ABC News, Chaffetz acknowledged that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the leader going into Thursday’s closed-door speaker elections, which are conducted in secret.

But the real test, Chaffetz said, is when McCarthy’s speakership is put to the entire House floor, where he needs 218 votes to win. Chaffetz said there are at least 50 conservatives who told him they won’t vote for McCarthy because they think McCarthy won't represent their interests.

“I think I can be palatable to those 50 people that won't and cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy," Chaffetz said. "They could and would vote for me. So the question is, would the rest of the group come along and support?”

Chaffetz said he’ll endorse McCarthy if he emerges from the GOP conference election as the front-runner. But the wildcard is what happens on the floor –- and Chaffetz wouldn’t commit to what happens then.
“That's my point. My point is we won't know what's going to happen on the floor. And that could be an ugly situation,” he said. “This happens with or without me.”

In a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters Monday, Chaffetz said his support would have to come about “organically” among the Republican conference. He is not keeping an official whip count of supporters although he did say he’s already flipped several members who had already come out in support of McCarthy or Rep. Dan Webster, a third candidate.

Chaffetz said he told McCarthy in person on Friday that he was running and Chaffetz said he “wasn’t too happy.” But the Utah congressman says it’s just business.

“It’s nothing personal. I don't feel that I'm running against Kevin. I'm running for the speakership,” he said.

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