Tales from the Trail

For Democrats, Biden is next best thing

September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic voters would choose Vice President Joe Biden as their preferred candidate for president in 2016 if current frontrunner Hillary Clinton shows signs of faltering, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Bush vs. Trump: The ‘germophobe’ edition

September 2, 2015

Donald Trump has been taunting Jeb Bush, and Bush’s campaign decided to go for it.

For Fiorina, a venture capitalist’s cash backing

September 1, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is getting more than just an endorsement from the venture capitalist who helped fire her from the top job at technology behemoth Hewlett Packard. Now, she’s getting a party.

Trumka calls Trump comments racist, dangerous

September 1, 2015

The head of the largest federation of labor unions on Tuesday called Donald Trump’s recent statements on immigration dangerous.  “Because when one of the leading candidates for one of the parties talks in an un-American, racist way, it starts to become mainstream, racism can never become mainstream,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Christie channels Gingrich on FedEx immigration ‘solution’

September 1, 2015

By Ginger Gibson and Erin McPike 

WASHINGTON  – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has raised eyebrows by arguing that potential undocumented immigrants could be tracked like FedEx packages. But was it just a punch line from the Newt Gingrich playbook?

You could probably guess which TV shows Hillary Clinton likes to watch

September 1, 2015

“I guess some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies,” Amy Poehler’s character on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation once commented.

from The Great Debate:

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

By Dan Hill
September 1, 2015


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

Perry as the weakest link?

August 31, 2015

The presidential campaigns and their Super PACs will be releasing their September fundraising reports in a few weeks. One of them is looking to be a doozy.

Immigration wars: Bush fires back at Trump

August 31, 2015

Donald Trump is using some creative editing to take a fresh shot at Jeb Bush for his support for immigration reforms. In this Instagram video the Republican presidential candidate accuses Bush of supporting the type of policies that allowed illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez to roam free. Sanchez, a murder suspect at the center of the immigration debate, has been charged with killing a San Francisco woman in July. He had seven felony convictions and has been deported five times.

A week in politics: It’s (still) all about Trump

August 28, 2015

Summer 2015 is drawing to an end, with Bloomberg noting that Donald Trump appears to be more than a seasonal fling and Politico reports that some GOP leader are plotting creative ways to neutralize the prospect of his becoming a third-party candidate.