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.

The New York Times also noted that Trump’s relentless bashing of Bush’s personality over his political agenda may have hit home.

Hillary Clinton had another rough week thanks to the controversy over her email server, with CNN putting together an explainer that sums up the whole saga.  Clinton’s approval ratings also took a dive, although she continues to be popular among many Democrats, a Washington Post-ABC News poll said.

Tech site Re/Code had an interesting article about which candidate has won the precious heart of Silicon Valley, now among the top sources for political contributions in presidential campaigns.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) reacts as Rob Webber sings a political song for him at a campaign town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Other highlights from the campaign trail:

  • Are the 2016 candidates too old? “The leading Republican presidential candidate and the three Democratic candidates will all be 70 or almost 70 on Inauguration Day,” according to the New York Times, which has thrown the question to experts and the public in a dedicated section of its website.
  • The Tampa Bay Times has launched into the labor-intensive process of fact-checking everything Donald Trump says. (They found many inaccuracies.) But how did Trump invent Trump? Bloomberg went digging inside his empire.
  • Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive turned presidential hopeful, secured a spot in the next Republican debate that will be hosted by CNN on September 16. Fiorina, once an afterthought in the GOP race, also elicited some criticism by saying–incorrectly– that English is the official language of the United States.


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