Maggie Haberman: Hillary “Clinton was seen as one of the more hawkish voices in the Obama administration and now needs to demonstrate to a liberal base that she learned from her 2002 vote authorizing the Iraq war and her carefully-calibrated walk away from it during her 2008 campaign.”
KENTUCKY: Politico: "Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will tap the Hollywood money well later this month with the help of entertainment industry power broker Jeffrey Katzenberg...In a message to undisclosed recipients, Katzenberg, the DreamWorks executive and prominent Democratic political donor, urged his allies to turn out to support Grimes at events in Los Angeles on Sept. 26."
The Hill: "Grimes, fighting to topple Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), is pressing her opponent to get specific on major issues, including US military action in Syria — but she is studiously vague on her own views. The Kentucky Democrat was known as the “closer” in mock trials at law school, but in the toughest case of her political career, she is displaying more caution than killer instinct."
MONTANA: The clearest sign yet that at-large GOP Rep. Steve Daines is moving toward a Senate bid -- Roll Call reports that former state Sen. Corey Stapleton is dropping down to the House race, clearing the field for Daines.
NEW YORK: New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is vaulting past the 40% threshold in the race for New York mayor. He leads the pack in the latest Quinnipiac poll with 43%, followed by Bill Thompson at 20% and Christine Quinn is fading to 18%. Anthony Weiner continues to fade with 7%.