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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

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In this photo taken Aug. 27, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Cleveland. The State Department is expected to release roughly 7,000 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails later Monday, including about 150 that have been censored because they contain information that has now been deemed classified. (David Richard/Associated Press)In this photo taken Aug. 27, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Cleveland. The State Department is expected to release roughly 7,000 pages of Clinton's emails later Monday, including about 150 that have been censored because they contain information that has now been deemed classified. (David Richard/Associated Press)

1) Among the things we've learned in the latest release – 7,000 pages! — of Hillary Clinton emails: She participated in chain about the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She shared thoughts with confidant Sidney Blumenthal about the Tea Party, political strategy after the 2010 midterm election and a New Yorker piece about the Koch Brothers. And "Parks and Recreation" was among her favorite television shows. Also notable: the arrival of Ms. Clinton's iPad (or hPad, as it's referred to in an email) would seem to contradict her contention that she used just one device to send emails.

2) A group that understands exactly how dangerous the immigration proposals of Donald Trump could be: Farmers who rely on immigrant workers.

3) NPR visits a subject that worth revisiting as many times as necessary, because it underscores what Mr. Trump stands to gain from the campaign: A boost to the Trump name -- and the Trump business, which, increasingly, is simply putting the Trump name on things.

4) Entertaining: Watching Rick Santorum try to make his arguments about climate change stick on an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."

In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott runs during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott runs during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

5) We're hopeful that once Ohio State's football team opens in the 2015 season on Labor Day that our fellow Buckeye state residents will completely forget about this Mount McKinley thing.

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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

1) Kathleen Kane's fight to keep her job may be derailed sooner than she – or any of the rest of us – expected. Our friends at the Inky reported over the weekend that the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has notified our embattled attorney general that it is seeking an emergency suspension of her law license. A defense attorney for Ms. Kane, who has been charged with leaking grand jury testimony and lying about it in court, said Ms. Kane will say she's a whistleblower who's been unfairly targeted when she responds to the board.

2) House Democrats are broke, having gone through its reserve fund while their Republican counterparts and Gov. Tom Wolf point fingers at each other in lieu of working on a budget, and they're looking to borrow money from the treasury to tide them over until a budget is in place. We're certainly not the first to suggest this, but the notion that we'd pay legislators and staffers while school districts and social service agencies are suffering financially because of the budget standoff doesn't seem right.

3) Democratic voters in Iowa are turning towards Bernie Sanders in greater numbers, a shift that apparently doesn't have much to do with Hillary Clinton's email troubles. Ms. Clinton's lead over Mr. Sanders has dropped to 7-point spread, 37 percent to 30 percent, in a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll; that marks the first time in the campaign that the former secretary of State's number have dropped below 50 percent. And as we stated before, it's not the email scandal that's dragging her down; 61 percent of those polled say the scandal isn't important to them.

4) This NPR piece about the immigration rhetoric of Republican front-runner Donald Trump alienating conservative Latinos is interesting, but it's not the demographic we should be talking about. That group isn't going to be happy as the Republican candidates stumble all over themselves as they try to address immigration, but they're not going to vote Democrat in the general election. But if the GOP's candidates continue down this path, they will lose Latino swing voters, a group that could make a huge difference for them next year.

5) Republicans are upset about the name of a mountain? Predictable.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey applauds during a 2012 visit to the VA medical campus in Oakland. (Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette)U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey applauds during a 2012 visit to the VA medical campus in Oakland. (Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette)

1) New poll results from Franklin and Marshall College indicate that the Democratic primary in the state should be a fun race to watch, because Katie McGinty has made headway quickly against Joe Sestak since entering the race a few weeks ago. Mr. Sestak, the former congressman, holds a 16 percent to 13 percent lead over Ms. McGinty, who served as secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell administration; the number to watch in that race, however, is the 66 percent of registered voters who said they are undecided. And here's where Mr. Sestak should pay attention: the poll found Incumbent Republican Pat Toomey would beat Mr. Sestak 12 percentage points, 41 to 29, while Mr. Toomey's lead over Ms. McGinty is just 7 points, 35 to 28.

2) The more the face of the Republican presidential race – that would be Donald Trump – talks about walls and deportation and anchor babies, the deeper the hole.

3) Fivethirtyeight.com has an interesting analysis of the social media war going on among the Republican candidates and, to the surprise of no one, it's being driven by Mr. Trump.

4) Before President Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday, Louisiana governor and largely ignored presidential candidate Bobby Jindal published an open letter saying the president should avoid politics during his speech – and therefore not address the "divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism," or climate change as the rest of us call it. Given the rate that Louisiana is being swallowed up by the Gulf of Mexico, it's not especially surprising that Mr. Obama didn't heed the governor's request.

5) Welcome to the 21st Century, Pennsylvania voters. And thanks to Gov. Wolf for the nudge.

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The old hidden-sister trick

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No, the Kane in the red dress.No, the Kane in the red dress.

She said she'd talk when she was able to release the pornographic emails she said were behind her prosecution. Then she changed her mind.

She said she wanted to take down members of the email chain who were now conspiring to end her political career. Unless, of course, you're talking about someone who works for her.

So is it any surprise at all that Attorney General Kathleen Kane used her sister as a decoy when she arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse for her preliminary hearing today?

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Perry on Politics: From campaigns to cancer, Carter's grace still shows

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 20, 2015. (John Amis/Reuters)Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 20, 2015. (John Amis/Reuters)

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, told reporters the other day that cancer has spread to his brain. Speaking in that slow, sometimes mesmerizing Georgia drawl, he said, "I'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes."

The 90-year old Mr. Carter may not have been a huge success in the White House but his and the Carter Center's efforts to eradicate disease and despair around the world in the years since he left office have been dramatic and hugely successful. "I'd like the last Guinea worm to die before I do," he said. When he and the center began their battle to eradicate the disease, there were 3.5 million cases in Africa and Asia. In 2014, there were 126.

Mr. Carter, a deceptively simple man, has managed, without much fanfare, to save millions of lives.

He and his wife, Rosalynn, still live in Plains, Georgia, the village (population 776 in 2010) where he was born. He still attends the local Baptist church every Sunday and manages to find time to teach Sunday school. He said he would keep teaching the kids their Bible lessons so as long as he was able.

I spent a day in Plains with Mr. Carter in 1975, when he was running what almost everyone said was a futile campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president. Rosalynn was visiting friends in Florida and their daughter Amy was nowhere in evidence. Our first stop was what was left of a hamlet outside Plains called Archery where he and his family had lived when he was a child. He said he dimly remembered one night in particular when dozens of black tenant farmers gathered in a house nearby to listen to a radio broadcast of the second heavyweight fight between Joe Louis, a black American, and Max Schmeling, a German much admired by Adolf Hitler, in Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1938.

"They were very quiet at first," he said, But not for long. Mr. Louis knocked out Mr. Schmeling before the first round was over. "They went wild," Mr. Carter said. "You never heard such a celebration."

Mr. Carter and his wife have four children, Amy and three boys, Jack, Chip, and Jeff, Our next stop was the elementary school classroom where the wife of one of the three boys -- probably Chip's -- was the teacher. Everybody in the classroom spoke in what to me was almost an impenetrable southern accent. "I used to talk that way," Mr. Carter said, adding that he worked hard to moderate it to the drawl so familiar now to millions.

Our next stop was lunch at the home of Mr. Carter's formidable mother, Lillian Gordy Carter, known to everyone as "Miss Lillian." There wasn't much to eat in the house, a few aging slices of bread and some sliced cheese. Miss Lillian, though, was a delight. She was a nurse in Plains for a number of years and regularly tended to the needs of many of the town's African-Americans, often without being paid. From 1966 to 1968, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in India. Jimmy published a book about his mother in 2008, titled "A Remarkable Woman," and so she was.

Mr. Carter's younger brother, the rowdy Billy Carter, ran the family gas station. We stopped by to see him that afternoon. He told us a few jokes in his adopted role as the "good old boy" in the family (he actually had gone to college and was widely read) and showed us around. It was a few years later that his own beer brand, Billy Beer, appeared.

We drove by the family peanut warehouse, setting Mr. Carter off on a lengthy discourse about the nutritional benefits of peanut butter. "Peanut butter" he said, "could solve many of the world's hunger problems."

We somehow missed visiting Mr. Carter's first cousin, Hugh Carter Sr., who proudly boasted he operated the world's largest worm farm. He also ran an antique shop after his cousin became president, regularly flogging brass objects of art made weeks earlier in Pakistan. Another popular item, small bottles containing authentic dust from Plains, Georgia, went for one dollar.

We ended up back at Jimmy Carter's home, a comfortable, but unexciting, ranch house. He and Rosalynn still live there.

As I was driving away, I saw the future 39th president running down the driveway, signaling me to stop. Amy's cat, he told me, was perched on the roof of my rental car. We disengaged Amy's cat and I continued on my way.

James M. Perry, a prominent veteran political reporter, contributes regular observations to post-gazette.com. Mr. Perry was the chief political correspondent of The Wall Street Journal until his retirement. Prior to that, he covered national politics for the Dow Jones weekly, The National Observer.