Tales from the Trail

Politicians tweet while ‘listening’

January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan looked like he was working hard at keeping a poker face as he sat behind Barack Obama during the president’s final State of the Union address. Behind the scenes, though, Ryan—or at least someone from his team—was firing off critical tweets from Ryan’s official Twitter account just as Obama was calling for more civility in politics.

‘Make America Great Again': The musical

January 13, 2016

It’s nothing new for presidential candidates to get in trouble for using campaign music without getting permission from the musicians. This time, though, there’s a pair of professional crooners who want a candidate to use their music out on the trail. Indeed, they’ve gone so far as to record a song based on Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”, and to give Reuters exclusive access to the finished version. Their goal: for Trump to use the song in his presidential campaign. You can download it , or listen to it here:

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A powerful veep audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley

January 13, 2016

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club  in Washington September 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

SC lawmaker to Trump: Keep out

January 12, 2016

A Democratic legislator in South Carolina has a message for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump: Stay out of my state.

Candidates’ battle of the taxes

January 11, 2016

Marco Rubio on Monday broadened his beef with fellow lawmaker Ted Cruz to include tax policy, slamming a business tax proposal the Texan senator favors as “intentionally sneaky” and harmful.

A new endorsement for Clinton

January 11, 2016

A day after the White House announced that Barack Obama would not publicly endorse any of the Democrats running for president, another member of his cabinet has come out in support of frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Sanders beats the student loan drum. Loudly.

January 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders wants to know how much you’re in debt. Indeed, the Vermont senator positively encourages supporters at his rallies to discuss how much money they owe on student loans. 

Stumbling Carson tries to reset campaign

January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Ben Carson is retooling his top campaign staff in an effort to recover from weeks of sliding poll numbers and the New Year’s Eve departure of two key staffers.

Sanders gun stance shifts, but is it enough?

January 10, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has copped criticism for his positions on gun control, now appears to be open to changing a 2005 law that shields weapons manufacturers from liability – a bill he voted for.

From Trump, shaming protesters has become part of his routine

January 10, 2016

An audience member holds up signs as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX216SW

An audience member holds up signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder