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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) -- the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and thus a major player in the GOP Senate's refusal to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominee -- opened the door to confirming Judge Merrick Garland in a lame-duck session, even as he continued to defend Republicans' stance that the successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia should be chosen by the next president.

At a question and answer session in Sioux City Monday, Grassley told attendees that, "It had nothing to do with Garland," but there was an "understanding" that Supreme Court vacancies that opened in up in a president's final year should not be filled by that president, according to the Sioux City Journal.

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As preparation for the upcoming debates, the Hillary Clinton campaign has talked with the ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" to get a better understanding of the Republican nominees insecurities, the New York Times reported.

Writer Tony Schwartz told the New Yorker in July that he regrets helping Trump with the 1980s bestseller. He called Trump a "sociopath" and said that the real estate mogul has a "completely compulsive" need for attention.

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In a new interview, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) cast doubt on whether he will finish out his term as Maine's governor.

“I’m looking at all options,” LePage told Bangor, Maine radio station WVOM. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”

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