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A Western New England University poll released Sunday shows Mrs. Warren leading 50 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

The polls seem to indicate a major surge in support for Mrs. Warren as she hopes to unseat the moderate Republican senator, whom she narrowly trailed in most polls in recent months.

CAMPAIGN

Eastwood: Obama seems ‘very charming to me’

Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood found himself in the headlines after the final night of the Republican National Convention last month for his impromptu performance in which he debated an invisible President Obama supposedly sitting in an empty chair next to him.

Turns out, the 83-year-old actually doesn’t harbor the same ill will against Mr. Obama as many of the president’s detractors.

When informed that Mr. Obama said he’s still a big fan of his, Mr. Eastwood quipped, “Well, that’s his bad judgment.”

“Actually, he seems very charming to me,” Mr. Eastwood quickly added in an interview broadcast Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

WHITE HOUSE

Obama reassures U.S. diplomats in wake of riots

The White House says President Obama has called officials at U.S. diplomatic facilities in North Africa and the Middle East to reassure them that their security is a top priority for the U.S. government.

Mr. Obama called officials working in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen in the wake of violent protests that broke out in response to a low-budget movie that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed last week, and riots continue throughout the region.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama called U.S. missions over the weekend to “let those diplomats know that he was thinking about them, that their safety remains a top priority” even as he continues campaigning for re-election.

PENTAGON

Substance abuse among troops called a ‘crisis’

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