from The Great Debate:

For such a rich guy, Donald Trump looks kind of sad

By Dan Hill
July 29, 2015

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I expected disgust -- and its first cousin contempt -- to be the most frequent emotions on Donald Trump’s mug as he announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, disgust would make perfect sense. It’s an emotion in keeping with Trump’s repeated comments about the current state of America as something that smells and tastes bad -- if not literally, then at least metaphorically.  

from Tales from the Trail:

Christie’s musical flip flop

July 22, 2015

New Jersey Governor Christie gives news conference in Trenton

Christie (L) at a news conference; Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit concert for Sandy victims in New York on Dec. 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (L) and Lucas Jackson

from The Great Debate:

Focusing on 2016, GOP governors overlook their own states

By Bill Schneider
July 7, 2015

Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

from Tales from the Trail:

Christie thinks media should say ‘I’m sorry’ for Bridgegate coverage

July 6, 2015

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Chris Christie wants an apology from the "liberal media" that convicted him of "heinous acts" in their coverage of  the George Washington Bridge scandal, also known as "Bridgegate."

from Tales from the Trail:

Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton’s fake followers

July 2, 2015

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Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and many other presidential hopefuls are haunted by fake followers on Twitter.

from Tales from the Trail:

Governor Christie announces 2016 Republican presidential bid

June 30, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Livingston, New Jersey

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

from The Great Debate:

And Christie makes 16: Why are so many people running for president?

By David Greenberg
June 30, 2015

New Jersey Governor Christie addresses third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

from The Great Debate:

Vaccine politics: Blame science and win in Iowa

By Robert D. Johnston
February 3, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie visit the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie at the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge, England, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

from The Great Debate:

How the Ebola quarantine became a ‘states’ rights’ issue

By Howard Markel
October 30, 2014

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks during a news conference about New York's first case of Ebola, in New York

What if someone with a deadly and mysterious infectious disease arrived at one of the largest urban centers in the United States? Certainly, we would expect the White House to consult the finest scientific minds in the federal government, academia and medicine to develop the best, most evidence-based approach to the contagious crisis.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

I’m Ronald Reagan! No, I’m Reagan! No, over here, I’m the real Reagan!

By Nicholas Wapshott
July 22, 2014

 Rand Paul introduces U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. McConnell to crowd of campaign supporters after McConnell defeated Tea Party challenger Bevin in state Republican primary elections in Louisville

Did anyone hear the crack of a starting pistol? Nor me. But the race to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 is on.