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Emmer's District Partially Explains His Support for Trump
Congressman's conservative district is among the least diverse in Minnesota

Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer is one of the few members of Congress who says he is all-in for Donald Trump, but that's likely a reflection of the district he represents.

Emmer said he is "incredibly comfortable" with his decision to back the Republican presidential nominee, the Star Tribune reported.

Pennsylvania Senate Race Could Come Down to Guns
Toomey might be the 'lesser of two evils' for gun owners

Despite his support for background checks, for many gun owners in Pennsylvania, Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey might be "the lesser of two evils" in his race against Democrat Katie McGinty.

Toomey previously had the support of the National Rifle Association in his Senate run in 2010. But after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Toomey teamed up with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, another senator who previously had the NRA's support, to push legislation on background checks.

Report: State Election Systems Hacked
FBI offers assistance to state voting officials

The FBI discovered evidence that foreign hackers might have penetrated two state election databases, according to a report from Yahoo News.

While the FBI bulletin that reported the breach did not identify the states, sources familiar with the document told Yahoo News that voter registration databases in Arizona and Illinois were targeted.

Darryl Glenn Looks for 'Labor Day Magic'
Colorado Republican has much ground to make up before Election Day

The Republican Senate candidate in Colorado has been trailing Sen. Michael Bennet in recent polls but he is hoping for some "Labor Day magic."

Darryl Glenn has consistently lagged behind Bennet by double digits in one of the few competitive Senate seats that Democrats are defending this cycle. Glenn won his five-way primary race in June after the campaign of former state Rep. Jon Keyser imploded.

Kaine Compares Himself, Clinton on Race to Trump
Clinton running mate jams with the band in first 'Late Show' appearance

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine responded to Republican Donald Trump's shifting positions on immigration partially in Spanish by calling him an "idiota."

Kaine made the remark Thursday night in an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS. Colbert had asked Kaine to respond to Trump calling Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a bigot.

Koch Group Redirects 'Ohio Families First' Website Away From Strickland
Slogan has been part of Strickland's campaign but PAC bought domain first

A super PAC linked to the Koch brothers is using one of Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland's slogans to redirect people to a website criticizing him.

In February, the former Ohio governor launched his "Ohio Families First" plan, which he has made a mainstay of his campaign.

Isakson Agrees to One Debate
Georgia senator's Democratic opponent wanted a series of them

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to only one debate against his two opponents in the Georgia Senate race.

The two-term Republican will debate Democratic nominee Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckey on Oct. 23, six days after early voting begins in Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Bill Clinton Defends Family Foundation
Repeats pledge not to take foreign donations if Hillary Clinton is elected

Former President Bill Clinton has come to the defense of his family foundation now that it has become an issue in his wife's presidential campaign.

"If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is," Clinton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except that I'm really proud. I'm proud of what they've done."

Poll: Murphy Pulls Ahead of Grayson, Rubio Trounces Both
Florida survey also shows Hillary Clinton with large lead in presidential race

A new poll shows Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy beating his Senate primary opponent Rep. Alan Grayson, but incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio would beat both of them in the general election.

The Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey showed that among 532 Florida Democrats polled, Murphy led Grayson by a commanding 48 percent to 17 percent margin. 

Bennie Thompson Chief of Staff Charged
Isaac Lanier Avant accused of not filing tax returns for five years

Rep. Bennie Thompson's chief of staff has been charged with failing to file federal tax returns for five years.

The Mississippi Democrat's staffer Isaac Lanier Avant was named in five misdemeanor counts for not filing his returns for 2009 through 2013 when he earned $170,000 per year. 

Biden to Baltic States: Don't Take Trump Seriously
Vice president reassures allies that U.S. will uphold commitments

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reassured the Baltic states Tuesday that the United States still supported them despite what a certain presidential candidate might have said, Reuters reported.

Biden's comments, made during a trip to Latvia, came in light of recent remarks from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who said the U.S. might not uphold its commitments to defend NATO allies if the countries did not pay up.

Poll: Clinton and Trump Supporters Disagree on Race Relations
Poll also shows Trump still shunned by most blacks, Latinos

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree that race relations in the U.S. have gotten worse, but they disagree on how much, a new poll shows.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll found that 65 percent of all voters think race relations have gotten worse, with majorities of white, black, Hispanic and Asian-Americans agreeing.

Clinton Swats Down Health Accusations
Tells Jimmy Kimmel rumors are part of a 'wacky strategy' by critics

Hillary Clinton addressed rumors circulated by opponents that she was in poor health for the first time, saying it was part of their "wacky strategy."

"On the one hand, it's part of the wacky strategy — just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you," the Democratic presidential nominee told late night host Jimmy Kimmel. "On the other hand, it just doesn't make any sense."

Giffords PAC Endorses Toomey and Kirk
Gun control group picks Republicans over Democrats in Senate races

The political action committee founded by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona endorsed Republican Sens. Patrick J. Toomey and Mark S. Kirk in their re-election efforts.Americans for Responsible Solutions, which backs candidates who support gun control, endorsed Toomey, who is running for re-election in Pennsylvania against Democrat Katie McGinty. Toomey worked with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III on Senate legislation to improve background checks.

The endorsement comes after Toomey also received support from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group Independence USA. That group released an ad featuring the daughter of the principal killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 along with 20 students and five teachers.

Obama Administration Transgender Bathroom Policy Blocked
Federal judge in Texas issues nationwide injunction

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's rule directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Texas was joined by 12 other states and two school districts in filing a lawsuit against the directive. The other states are Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona, Utah Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Georgia, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Portman Drops Another $1 Million for Ad Buy
Move comes as Ohio Republican solidifies his lead in Senate race

Sen. Rob Portman dropped another $1 million on an ad focusing on how he helped prevent a company from going out of business as he consolidates his lead in the Ohio Senate race.

The Ohio Republican, who is running against former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, released the ad statewide featuring Gregory Industries, which specializes in steel products and is based in Canton.

Grayson Finds Silver Lining in Phone Hack
Florida Democrat received complimentary calls on his personal number

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson said in a fundraising email that after his phone number was released in the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee emails, many people called to offer him praise and encouragement. 

Grayson noted that one of the leaks posted the phone numbers of nearly all Democratic lawmakers, which led to some members receiving "obscene and sick calls."

Manafort Resigns From Trump Campaign
Campaign chairman reportedly marginalized in shakeup earlier this week

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, has resigned, the campaign announced in a statement Friday.

"This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign," Trump said. "I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success." 

Report: Bayh Ruled Inactive Voter
Opponent has portrayed former senator as out of touch with Indiana

Election officials have twice ruled that former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is an inactive voter after they failed to confirm that he lives in Indianapolis, which he claims as home.

The Indiana Democrat is running for his old Senate seat but his opponent's campaign has portrayed him as more a creature of Washington than Indiana. Bayh's voting status was first ruled inactive in 2014, and then again last week, CNN reported.

Kirk Quiz Compares Democratic Opponent to Trump
Duckworth campaign launched a similar quiz in June

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth are both trying to tie each other to Donald Trump in the hotly contested Senate race in Illinois.

Kirk, the only Republican senator to rescind his endorsement of the GOP presidential nominee, has launched a website called tammyortrump.com that asks a series of questions about whether it was Trump or Kirk's Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was to blame for specific egregious practices.