A new set of Senate polls from Democratic-aligned firm Public Policy Polling shows close races for three closely watched Democratic-held seats.
In Colorado, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has 44 percent support, against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner with 43 percent, within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent. The poll was conducted from July 17-20. The pollster's analysis describes the political mood in Colorado: "The Democratic incumbents aren't very popular, but their Republican challengers aren’t exactly setting the world on fire either."
In North Carolina, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan leads Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis, 41 percent to 34 percent, plus another 8 percent support for Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh. The survey was also conducted from July 17-20, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. The pollster's analysis attributes Hagan's lead to the unpopularity of the state legislature: "The big question though is whether she’ll be able to sustain this bigger lead once they’ve gone home," or if the race will tighten up again.
And in Montana, Republican Rep. Steve Daines leads Democratic Sen. John Walsh — who was appointed to the seat earlier this year — at 46 percent to 39 percent. This survey was conducted July 17 and 18, with a margin of error at plus or minus 4.1 percent. In a somewhat interesting twist, the last time PPP checked in on this race was way back in November of last year — and previously had Daines leading Walsh by an even wider margin of 52 percent to 35 percent, showing that Walsh might be starting to at least close the gap a little. Eric Kleefeld
While the NFL and Tom Brady failed to reach a settlement on Monday, that still meant that Jane Rosenberg — the courtroom sketch artist who became infamous after her unconventional sketch of the usually handsome Patriots quarterback went viral — had to show up for work and get a drawing done.
However, while today's sketch captures less of the surreal qualities of the original, it still expresses Rosenberg's signature style.
— Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) August 31, 2015
Rosenberg told CBS that in the days leading up to Monday's anticipated second-chance sketch, she "had sleepless nights" with Tom Brady on her mind. "It was a nightmare," she said.
Before Monday's appearance in court, Rosenberg also showed CBS her practice sketch of Brady, in which he looks decidedly less like he's melting:
— Stephen Brown (@PPVSRB) August 31, 2015
"I don't like knowing people are really watching what I'm doing," Rosenberg told CBS. She added to the New York Daily News that even doing her practice sketch was hard. "I still found him very hard to draw — from a photo as well. Something subtle goes on with his eyes."
Sweet dreams, Rosenberg. It's all over — for now. Jeva Lange
Disgraced wrestling star Hulk Hogan sat down with Good Morning America on Monday for his first interview since WWE terminated his contract in July over a racist rant. He was caught calling his daughter's then-boyfriend the n-word in an old tape brought to light by Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media.
"I'm not a racist, but I never should have said what I said," Hogan said, reiterating an earlier apology. "It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it."
He connected his use of the slur to the area he was raised in.
"People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment," he said. "And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word."
The NFL and Tom Brady failed to reach a settlement Monday in the ongoing Deflategate controversy. After just minutes of talks in court, Judge Richard Berman sent everyone home, saying he will make a ruling in the case by Friday, but potentially as early as Tuesday, CBS reports.
In May, the New England Patriots quarterback received a four-game suspension after an independent report suggested he was likely involved in the team's deliberate tampering with footballs during the 2015 playoffs. Brady appealed his suspension and maintained he was unaware of any foul play on his team.
Lest you assume this national nightmare will finally end once Berman announces a decision, rest assured both sides have appeal options that will likely keep the scandal afloat for the foreseeable future. Julie Kliegman
Whenever hordes of giddy fans camp out in a parking lot, there's a solid chance One Direction is somewhere nearby. But Harry Styles wasn't anywhere to be found at the Georgia church where crowds gathered in their cars and RVs Saturday night and into Sunday morning — it was former President Jimmy Carter the masses wanted to see.
When Carter, 90, announced in August that the cancer in his liver had spread to his brain, he stayed firm on his commitment to teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church. The first Sunday afterward, more than 800 people waited in line to see the former president.
The crowds have only grown bigger since. People are driving hours and hours — and some are even flying — to make it to the church parking lot before 12:01 a.m. Sunday, when seat assignments in the pews are awarded. The line this Saturday was already a half-mile long by 9 p.m., The Washington Post reports.
"We're gung-ho people!" Pat Schroeder, a 93-year-old who roadtripped the 14 hours from Illinois with her kids, told the Post. Julie Kliegman
As Obama continues to campaign for Congress' support for the Iran nuclear deal, he spoke to Jewish-American publication The Forward's editor-in-chief Jane Eisner about the deal, Israel's safety, and accusations of anti-Semitism.
But then Eisner broke out the tough questions for the president — what's his favorite flavor of bagel?
THE PRESIDENT: I was always a big poppy seed guy.
Q: Poppy seed.
THE PRESIDENT: So the poppy seed bagels at H&H Bagels — which somebody told me they closed —
BEN RHODES: They closed.
Q: It's closed, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Which is shocking.
RHODES: My school was a block from H&H bagels.
THE PRESIDENT: I mean, I would walk down from —
THE PRESIDENT: — Columbia just to get H&H bagels on Saturdays or on the weekends.
Q: And what do you like on a poppy seed?
THE PRESIDENT: Just a schmear.
Q: Just a schmear.
THE PRESIDENT: Lox and capers okay, but generally just your basic schmear. [The Forward]
President Obama should be prepared to survive just about anything after his trip to Alaska this week. While Obama is technically visiting The Last Frontier to talk about climate change, he's also going to make a quick detour to the Alaskan wilderness with survivalist Bear Grylls for an upcoming episode of NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year. Obama will become the first-ever president to receive a "crash course in survival techniques" from Grylls, The Wrap notes.
Plenty of celebrities, from Kate Winslet to Channing Tatum, have appeared on the NBC show, in which Grylls takes a star on a wilderness adventure meant to both test and teach them. The specific challenges Obama will face as he ventures into the wild with Grylls remain unknown, though in a previous episode of Running Wild featuring guest star Michelle Rodriguez, Mediaite notes that Grylls went so far as to drink the celebrity's urine.
Dealing with congressional Republicans might look pretty easy after this. Becca Stanek
Speaking to CNN in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump said he'd like to avoid attack ads during the primary election. "I just want to talk about my accomplishments. I'm not looking to attack anybody," he said. "I would rather have positive TV ads. Absolutely."
He also explained that so far, he hasn't felt the need to run any television ads at all, because he gets so much news coverage already: "It is all news, all the time, all Trump, all the time," he said. So the self-proclaimed billionaire is "saving a lot of money" by holding off for now. Bonnie Kristian