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A new Landmark Communications poll in Georgia finds Michelle Nunn (D) leading David Perdue (R) in the U.S. Senate race by seven points, 47% to 40%. Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford received 3% while 10% are undecided.

Most other recent polls have found Perdue with a growing lead.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) new political action committee unveiled a T-shirt featuring Perry’s mug shot, Business Insider reports.

The caption under Perry’s mug shot says he’s “wanted” for “securing the border and defeating Democrats.”
FiveThirtyEight: “According to Gallup, Americans think that political corruption has become more widespread over the past several years. And yet the best data we have on political corruption doesn’t bear that out. The Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department reports statistics on corruption cases to Congress every year, and although it might be a stretch to say that the country has gotten less corrupt over time, the problem certainly hasn’t grown.”
David Axelrod told the New York Daily News that he wishes Democrats didn’t criticize former President Bush when he went on vacation because presidents are “never off-duty.”

Said Axelrod: “We used to pillory George Bush for going to his ranch and we were wrong.”

He added: “The demands and pressures of the presidency are relentless, and we ought to want our presidents to get small breaks to relax, even in-and maybe especially in — the midst of crisis.”
“Well, I am flattered because she is a strong leader. I am a strong independent leader. I am a strong female independent leader. And I do believe they use that as a distraction. Rather than focus on me, they’re focusing on someone else. She is the kind of politician I admire because she speaks what’s on her mind.”

– Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R), quoted by the New York Times, on being compared to Sarah Palin.
“The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions,” The Hill reports.

“Members of the president’s brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand to launch careers as advisers, consultants and hired guns.”
“The Obama administration signaled Thursday that the United States has begun a new war against the so-called Islamic State, and that group’s operatives will not be safe from America’s wrath in Iraq, in Syria, or wherever they can be tracked down,” Eli Lake reports.

“The most notable rhetorical tell came from Obama himself. In the aftermath of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Obama vowed to bring the attackers to justice. This week Obama struck a different tone, saying: ‘When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.’”

“The difference between bringing suspects to justice and seeing that justice is done is roughly the same as the difference between treating terrorism as a crime and as an act of war.”
Daily Beast: “With fewer than 75 days left until Election Day, Democrats across the country are feverishly moving from planning to implementing a vast, multilayered turnout operation that they hope will make the 2014 mid-term elections look more like a victorious Obama presidential year and less like the sort of mid-term wipeout that cost them the House majority in 2010.”
South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland (D) says it was a “light moment” when he called opponent and former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) “senator” during a public forum, the AP reports.

Weiland quickly corrected his remark to “soon-to-want-to-be senator.”
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) “laid bare his troubled marriage during a remarkable day of testimony that revealed he and his wife are living separately for the trial and he is staying in his parish priest’s rectory,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

“Anchoring McDonnell’s account of his marital drama was an emotional email the former governor sent his wife, Maureen, in September 2011. It conveys his love but deep heartache over a shattered marriage that worsened over time.”

Daily Beast: The five weirdest revelations of the McDonnell trial

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