Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* In a new television ad, Donald Trump's campaign claims that the FBI "has launched a new investigation" into Hillary Clinton. There's no evidence that this is even remotely accurate.* The Clinton campaign has launched a trio of new ads -- 1, 2, and 3 -- featuring Republican voters who are supporting Clinton over Trump.* The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of 370 economists, including eight Nobel laureates in economics, "have signed a letter warning against the election of Republican nominee Donald Trump, calling him a 'dangerous, destructive choice' for the country."* In North Carolina, the latest SurveyUSA poll shows Trump leading Clinton in the state, 51% to 44%, while the latest Elon University poll shows Clinton leading Trump in North Carolina, 42% to 41%.* A Gallup poll released yesterday that 51% of Americans believe Clinton has "personality and leadership qualities a president should have." Only 32% said the same about Trump.* Trump has claimed he didn't know Robert LiButti, an alleged organized crime figure who was banned from New Jersey casinos. Yahoo News reports today on "a newly uncovered video" that suggests Trump's denials may not have been true.* Trump hasn't formally announced his support for many congressional Republicans, but he endorsed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) yesterday. On a related note, President Obama recorded an endorsement video this week in support of Issa's opponent, retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate.* When Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine hosts a rally in Phoenix tomorrow, he'll deliver remarks entirely in Spanish.* In Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R) participated in his first and only debate against Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D) this week, and was pressed on whether he'd commit to serving a full term if re-elected. Paul dodged the question.* In Nevada's U.S. Senate race, Rep. Joe Heck (R) still refuses to say which presidential candidate he'll vote for, but the Republican congressman said yesterday Trump is "qualified" for the White House -- to the extent that he meets "the constitutional qualifications."* And while there's been some talk of late about Texas being competitive this year, a new poll from the CBS affiliate in Dallas shows Trump with a double-digit lead over Clinton, 52% to 39%.