US midterms campaigns kick into high gear after Labor Day as Senate returns from month-long break

Good morning politics blog readers! It’s the day after Labor Day, exactly nine weeks until the midterm elections, and the Senate is back in session after its summer recess.

But once again it’s Donald Trump dominating the headlines, and his legal victory on Monday granting him a third-party special master to review highly classified documents and other materials seized by the FBI from his Florida mansion last month.

The Senate has a sizable workload after its month-long break, including a funding bill to keep the government running into the fall. Democrats are attempting to tie such a bill to same-sex marriage protections, according to Punchbowl, which could force the hand of a number of moderate Republicans seen as sympathetic.

Joe Biden has a lighter schedule today after three trips to the swing state of Pennsylvania in six days, in which he spelled out the dangers to democracy posed by election-denying Maga Republicans. He is set to host a cabinet meeting this afternoon.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will deliver her daily briefing at noon.

With Labor Day over, campaign season for the midterms has started in earnest. Politico has revealed its predictions nine weeks before polling day: the Senate is a toss-up, and the House is still leaning Republican.

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