Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton's campaign released a hard-hitting new ad
this morning, highlighting Donald Trump's most offensive rhetoric towards women. The spot, titled "Mirrors," apparently began airing today in Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and on national cable.
* The Trump campaign announced a new campaign chair for Mahoning County, Ohio, after the previous chair resigned following racist comments. The successor, Ohio GOP Treasurer Tracey Winbush, reportedly deleted 17,000 tweets
yesterday, including one in which she described Trump as a "racist, sexist demagogue."
* Trump's campaign unveiled a new list
overnight of 10 additional conservatives the Republican would consider for the U.S. Supreme Court if elected. The list includes Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who's said a few unflattering things about Trump.
* In Alaska, former Sen. Mark Begich (D) openly flirted
with the idea of running a write-in Senate campaign this year, but yesterday, he announced that he's decided against it
* Trump talked a bit about his approach to energy policy yesterday in Pittsburgh, and vowed to be an ambitious industry ally
-- which means scrapping regulations on the oil and gas industry, boosting coal, and opening more public lands to drilling.
* The Washington Post reported
this week that a group of 75 "retired career Foreign Service officers, including ambassadors and senior State Department officials under Republican and Democratic presidents over nearly a half-century, has signed an open letter calling Donald Trump 'entirely unqualified to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief.'" read more