Tales from the Trail

‘Hamilton’ holds timely lesson, Clinton says

July 13, 2016

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda smiles at U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after introducing her at the end of a special performance of the broadway musical “Hamilton” in, Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Trump takes on Ginsburg, but not on Twitter

July 12, 2016

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

By Adam DeRose

Donald Trump’s latest dispute is not an epic Twitter battle, for once. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate took to the New York Times instead to criticize Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for commenting to that same newspaper over the weekend about the U.S. election. Trump said Ginsburg should apologize for her “highly inappropriate” remarks.

Can Trump spell I-R-O-N-Y?

July 11, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Donald Trump is not firing up the base

July 11, 2016

Donald Trump has a man problem. No, not what you think — this is not about sexist remarks or boorish behavior. Donald Trump, whose candidacy is conventionally thought to rest on the support of working class white men, is not attracting nearly as much enthusiasm from them as Mitt Romney did four years ago. Given his poll deficit to Hillary Clinton, if Trump cannot fire up his base of support, Republicans are headed for big losses in November.

Trump’s candidacy could drive Latino turnout in Florida – Report

July 6, 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is making Latinos more likely to vote in November in a key part of Florida, the group Working America will report this week.

For the record: Clinton, the FBI and that email decision

July 6, 2016

In a tumultuous day for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, FBI director James Comey announced his decision on the the candidate’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state–and Clinton hit the campaign trail with Barack Obama for the first time since winning the president’s endorsement.

Behind the headline: Comey’s full remarks

July 5, 2016

The gist of FBI Director James Comey’s remarks today about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server amounted to the headline: No indictment. But he said much more in his statement.

Belatedly, what Sanders’ supporters say about race

July 1, 2016

Don’t forget Bernie Sanders!

We learned that the hard way this week after publishing our biggest polling project of the year (so far) on racial attitudes among Americans. The poll, which ran over three months and included interviews with more than 16,000 people, found that Donald Trump supporters were more likely to describe blacks negatively, relative to whites, when compared with people who backed fellow Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump reboots his team

June 28, 2016
Hope Hicks, communication director for Donald Trump, will be helped by the campaign's three new hires. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Hope Hicks, communication director for Donald Trump, will be joined by three new hires. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 

Raising a glass at the conventions

June 28, 2016

Big brands like Apple and Coca-Cola may be taking a break from sponsoring this summer’s Republican convention in Cleveland, but Maker’s Mark will be there–and at the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia.