Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the new Fox News poll, Hillary Clinton continues to lead the Democratic race nationally, enjoying a 19-point advantage over Bernie Sanders, 49% to 30%. Vice President Biden was included in the poll and was a distant third with 10% support.
* Did Sanders apologize to leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement? Not exactly.
* Donald Trump claims to have a plan for ISIS: he’d “bomb the hell out of the oil fields” and then let ExxonMobil “rebuild them so fast your head will spin.” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno isn’t impressed with the strategy.
* Jeb Bush’s campaign operation has quite a bit of money, and it’s reportedly poised to start spending it in earnest: the Right to Rise USA super PAC is launching “an eight-figure ad buy in the early primary states.” Ads should start reaching airwaves today.
* After a BuzzFeed report caused a stir, Al Gore’s office strongly denied the former vice president has an interest in running for president in 2016.
* John Kasich has picked up an unexpected endorsement, with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) throwing his support to the Ohio governor.
* And speaking of endorsements, former Sen. Tom Harkin (D) remains arguably the most influential figure in Iowa Democratic politics. He threw his support to Hillary Clinton on Friday – just in time for the Iowa State Fair.