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Aug 28, 2015

Insight – Best president ever! How Trump’s love of hyperbole could backfire

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Manhattan real estate lawyer John Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Mechanic was representing Gucci, and the luxury retailer was already sold on opening a flagship store in what was unquestionably a prime location. But the salesman in Trump still couldn’t resist pumping it up in his sales pitch. “He said it was the best retail space, in the best retail building, on the best corner, in the best city in the world,” Mechanic recalled.

Aug 27, 2015

Exclusive – Trump on Icahn: most top dealmakers are miserable but Carl is nice

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump had to do a bit of damage control on Thursday after repeatedly dropping Carl Icahn’s name in a campaign speech and then saying most good business negotiators were “vicious, horrible, miserable human beings.”

Icahn, the billionaire investor, called Trump, the real estate mogul turned U.S. presidential candidate, to ask for an explanation after Trump made the comments in a speech.

Aug 27, 2015

Politics as blood sport: Trump looks to kick Bush when he’s down

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – At almost every turn lately, Donald Trump has tried to get under Jeb Bush’s skin.

In interviews and on social media, Trump relentlessly needles and mocks Bush, almost to the exclusion of his many other rivals in the Republican presidential field.

Aug 23, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

How long will opponents fight Obamacare? How long have you got?


Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in New York, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

If there’s one thing that exasperates Tim Phillips, the president of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, it’s when outsiders don’t understand he’s in it for the long run.

Aug 22, 2015

At Koch group summit, a restrained enthusiasm for Trump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – While thousands streamed into a football stadium Friday evening in Mobile, Alabama to see Donald Trump, a much smaller crowd of committed conservatives unwound at a bar and mused over the good, the bad and the unknown of the unlikely Republican presidential front-runner.

They were volunteers and staff for Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit group funded by industrialist billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the most effective conservative activists in U.S. politics.

Aug 12, 2015

Trump’s female fans shrug off ‘blood’ comment about TV host

/NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s easy to find female fans of Donald Trump in this cluster of former factory towns in the hills west of New York City even after his comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that have been widely interpreted as referring to her menstrual cycle.

The loud-mouthed real estate mogul, who holds a wide lead over rivals in the Republican race for the White House, has been unapologetic, despite pundits saying his clash with Kelly could hurt him with women voters and halt his meteoric rise in the polls.

Aug 6, 2015

For some Republicans, a Trump victory looks increasingly possible

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Four years ago, only one Republican candidate was consistently hitting the same kind of polling heights among the presidential field that real estate mogul Donald Trump is reaching now. His name was Mitt Romney.

The fact that Romney went on to capture his party’s nomination should be, at the very least, one basic reason why Trump’s recent surge can’t be dismissed as the aberration that so many pundits and party strategists claim it is.

Jul 30, 2015

Three days, five killings and a year of pain in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Kajuan Guinn was just 8, and recently reunited with his family after years in foster care, when his chronically ill mother died of complications from lupus.

He was devastated.

“He was always taking care of his mother,” his sister, Ashley Terry said of Guinn, “He would empty her pan for her.”

Jul 30, 2015

Harley an awkward ride for “union-busting” Republican Walker

MILWAUKEE, July 30 (Reuters) – For Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker, there’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson
motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential
campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads
“Union made in the USA.”

Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of
his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships
and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he
seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters.

Jul 27, 2015

Insight – Koch Brothers’ political group struggles in Alaska

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) – When it comes to influencing politics, few billionaires are more effective than the industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nonprofit organisation they founded and continue to support, achieved a 95 percent success rate in the 2014 election races where it spent money.

But in Alaska, a state that could be pivotal in the 2016 elections, the group’s reception has been surprisingly chilly.