Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton's campaign unveiled its "closing argument" ads this morning -- one spot focused on families
, and another with a broader message narrated by actor Morgan Freeman
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* Former Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee, issued
a statement this morning urging voters who "remain torn" between the two major-party candidates not to vote for Donald Trump. Weld expressed no comparable concerns about Clinton.
* A year before launching his presidential campaign, Trump sat down with biographer Michael D'Antonio for a series of recorded interviews. In one notable exchange, the New York Republican conceded
, "I don't like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see."
* In a normal year, a story like this one
might be the basis for a meaningful controversy: "Donald Trump used small donors' money to buy nearly $300,000 worth of books from the publisher of his Art of the Deal
last month, continuing a pattern of plowing campaign money back into his own businesses."
* The latest ABC News tracking poll
shows Clinton with a comfortable lead over Trump, 49% to 40%, though the Democratic advantage on the congressional ballot is much smaller, 47% to 46%.
* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who's kept a very low profile in recent months, was asked at an event yesterday whether he agrees with Trump that the election is "rigged." According to the AP's account
, McConnell simply "laughed and walked away."
* That said, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) declared this week that he believes
Trump's correct and the "election is rigged." The Republican governor added that the voting system "doesn't seem fair to me at all."
* Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a Trump ally, told his audience yesterday that in 2005, Billy Bush was a secret operative
for the CIA who "set up" Trump to make comments about sexual assault.