from The Great Debate:

The ‘liberal media’ vs. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, et al.

By John Lloyd
February 4, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, South Carolina February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX256K5

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, South Carolina, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

from The Great Debate:

Trump, the GOP’s spleen, is ripe for surgery

By Bill Schneider
February 2, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump stands prior to the start of the Iowa caucuses at St Francis of Assisi church in West Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump before the start of the Iowa caucuses at St Francis of Assisi church in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

from The Great Debate:

If Marco Rubio is the best debater, why does he look so nervous?

By Dan Hill
January 28, 2016

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Senator Marco Rubio RUETERS/Files

Donald Trump jousts with all the other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, but his critiques of Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have taken an odd tack. The New York developer repeatedly talks about the way Rubio perspires during debates, even to the point of sending him a “care package” of 24 bottles of water.

from The Great Debate:

Ted Cruz needs an issue if he wants to win – and this is it

By Craig Shirley
January 28, 2016

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Senator Ted Cruz (L) and President Ronald Reagan REUTERS

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) would be wise to avoid the mistake Ronald Reagan made early in his 1976 insurgent campaign to supplant President Gerald Ford as the Republican presidential nominee. Cruz needs a crystallizing justification -- a signature issue.

from The Great Debate:

Donald Trump becomes the choice of the Republican establishment

By Bill Schneider
January 27, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a campaign rally in Farmington, New Hampshire January 25, 2016.      REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Farmington, New Hampshire, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

from The Great Debate:

Fawning over Kim Davis won’t win Evangelical hearts – or votes

By Shibley Telhami
January 19, 2016

Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) waves as she walks out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky September 8, 2015. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her release after six days in jail, saying she "shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples."  REUTERS/Chris Tilley

Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) waves as she walks out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky,

from The Great Debate:

Cruz citizenship case should be tried in court of public opinion

By Akhil Reed Amar
January 19, 2016

Reporters gather around U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announces he will not filibuster, as he talks to reporters after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. The U.S. Senate announced a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default, and to reopen the government after a two-week shutdown. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from The Great Debate:

Natural-born mess: What would it take to kick Ted Cruz off the ballot?

By Derek Muller
January 15, 2016

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz gestures towards rival candidate businessman Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Senator Ted Cruz gestures toward rival candidate Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

from Breakingviews:

Cox: Cruz capitalism gives off a whiff of cronyism

January 14, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

The boost Republicans are getting from attacking ‘political correctness’

By Bill Schneider
December 30, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTX1ZT14

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook