from Tales from the Trail:

A week in politics: Taking off the gloves

September 4, 2015

It was a week of hostilities in the GOP presidential arena. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump traded virtual punches on camera, with both campaigns releasing aggressive video ads. Bush even resorted to his language skills to discredit the real estate magnate. Trump later fired back telling Bush, who is bilingual, he should stop speaking Spanish.

from The Great Debate:

Clinton confidential: A close look at the rules that govern what’s a secret

By Peter Van Buren
September 3, 2015

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in San Francisco, June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

from The Great Debate:

Reading Hillary Clinton’s body language when she talks about the email debacle

By Dan Hill
September 1, 2015

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The faces of Hillary Clinton: The left side is images from her campaign launch in New York, June 13, 2015. The right side has shots from her Las Vegas news conference, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Archive

from The Great Debate:

Why the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio isn’t just politics

By Suzanne Garment
August 21, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in West Columbia

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

from The Great Debate:

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

By Richard L. Hasen
August 18, 2015

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

from The Great Debate:

Why Donald Trump’s hostile takeover bid for the Republican Party is a loser

By Bill Schneider
August 6, 2015

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

What everyone with a Top Secret security clearance knows – or should know

By Peter Van Buren
August 3, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone while sitting next to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (R) at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

from The Great Debate:

What everyone with a Top Secret security clearance knows – or should know

By Peter Van Buren
August 3, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone while sitting next to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (R) at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

from Tales from the Trail:

And the leader of the poll pack ….

July 27, 2015

When it comes to the polls, Donald Trump is the man of the moment. The outspoken presidential aspirant moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday.  A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found a similar surge for Trump, with the businessman surging into the lead for his party's nomination. The survey found that he had  almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service.  Significantly, support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed by the Washington Post-ABC following those comments.

from The Great Debate:

What the latest presidential polls tell us – hint, it’s not who’s going to win

By Bill Schneider
July 21, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young