Clinton Looks to Fluster Trump In Debate

“Hillary Clinton’s advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump’s ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks at the first presidential debate, the most anticipated in a generation,” the New York Times reports.

“Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage.”

“They are undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Mr. Trump’s performances in the Republican primary debates, cataloging strengths and weaknesses as well as trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways.”

Democrats Pull Back In Ohio Senate Race

“The Democratic Party’s national Senate campaign arm has canceled more than a week of television ads that were set to run next month in the key battleground of Ohio, where former governor Ted Strickland (D) has struggled to gain traction against incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R),” the Washington Post reports.

“The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had reserved advertising time on Ohio TV stations starting Sept. 13. Now, according to political ad trackers in both parties, the national Democrats won’t launch that campaign until Sept. 22.”

Clinton Hits Trump In Rare Attack Ad In Utah

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is calling Donald Trump “unfit and unprepared” in a mailer sent to some Utah voters, a rare dip of the toe into Utah’s electoral waters by a Democratic presidential candidate, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“The campaign wouldn’t say how many mailers were sent out or what segment of voters they were targeting, but it is obviously not Democrats.”

Trump Blames Clinton for Weiner Sexting

Olivia Nuzzi: “If you were a presidential candidate who polled low among women, who was on your third wife, who had a reputation for womanizing and a professional relationship with a man who’d recently been axed from his job for sexual harassment, would you respond to the latest Anthony Weiner scandal by A. Staying out of it; B. Changing the subject; or C. Attacking your opponent by making a dubious connection between Weiner’s behavior and her own?”

“If you chose C, congratulations: This election has officially warped your sense of good judgment.”

GOP Leaders Will Meet Privately with LePage

“Republican leaders in Maine are trying to figure out a fitting punishment for racially charged comments and a threatening voicemail made by Gov. Paul LePage, who has repeatedly avoided punishment for impolitic remarks,” the AP reports.

“Republican Senate and House leaders are arranging a closed-door meeting with LePage before deciding the next step as November state legislative elections loom.”

Lewandowski Is Back In Trump’s Inner Circle

Corey Lewandowski “was fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager… Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold,” ABC News reports.

Campaign sources “describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as ‘stronger than ever.’ Each day, Trump wakes up, usually in his Fifth Avenue penthouse, and has a routine round of calls, sources say, that includes his campaign leadership (which has changed in recent weeks), his children, some close allies and someone else quite frequently: Lewandowski.”

Obama Still Sees Path for Pacific Trade Deal

“The White House said it could still win congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before President Obama leaves office, and warned that failing to do so would undermine U.S. leadership in the region,” Reuters reports.

“Obama has made the 12-nation free trade deal the centerpiece of a diplomatic ‘pivot’ to Asia, but the prospects for congressional approval have looked increasingly dim, with both major presidential candidates – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump – standing opposed.”

Trump Suggests Kaepernick Find Another Country

Donald Trump was not happy about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during a performance of the national anthem, BuzzFeed reports.

Said Trump: “I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen.”

Robocall Urges Vote for David Duke and Donald Trump

A new robocall from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke:

“We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Republican Party of Louisiana “deferred voting on new rules Saturday that would make it more difficult for David Duke and other convicted felons to run as Republicans in elections held after November.”

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Sanders to Stump for Senate Candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “is preparing a post-Labor Day blitz of campaign activity… offering what Democratic leaders hope will be a late-in-the-race boost from the liberal icon to the party’s slate of Senate candidates, ” Roll Call reports.

“In addition to attending campaign rallies, Sanders is also expected to raise money for individual candidates — including through the use of his vaunted list of small donors, according to one source close to the senator.”