Tales from the Trail

Kaine to Clinton: How to win a coal state

August 10, 2015

Senator Tim Kaine has some tips for Hillary Clinton for winning in a coal-producing state while touting a climate agenda that includes a crackdown on carbon emissions from coal plants.

A week in politics: On the stage, under the hair

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

After the prep and the polling, it all came down to a few hours behind podiums in Cleveland. First, the “kids’ table” of seven lower-polling Republican candidates, then the top 10 seeking their party’s endorsement for Campaign 2016.

‘Tell me more about the messages you receive from God!’ #GOPdebate

August 7, 2015

By Lena Masri and Emily Stephenson



Inevitably, it’s less the scripted zingers than the off-the-cuff debate lines that set social media on fire. Of the 10 Republican candidates who participated in Thursday night’s debate, Donald Trump was the most mentioned on Twitter, according to Twitter’s data. One of the top five moments on Twitter was when Trump said that Hillary Clinton had to come to his wedding because he gave her money. “I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding,” Trump said. (Trump didn’t specify which of his three wedding the former secretary of state had attended, but the Clintons did attend his 2005 nuptials to former model Melania Knauss.)

Lines of attack from the GOP debaters

August 7, 2015
Republican 2016 presidential candidates pose at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich pose at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Ted Cruz’s Egyptian model

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

By Idrees Ali 

When asked during the Republican presidential debate on Thursday what it would take to destroy the militant Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called for the same courage showed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Scenes from the debates

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

From on-stage embraces to off-screen make-up touches, our slideshow takes a closer look at the Cleveland debates.

Carly wins the web

August 7, 2015

By Emily Stephenson and Alina Selyukh

The first of two early Republican presidential candidates’ debate had not even ended on Thursday when the U.S. social media world began declaring former business executive Carly Fiorina the clear winner.

Watching at Hillary’s place: Pizza and posters

August 7, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff invited reporters to watch the debate in a conference room at the campaign’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York City.

What they said: underdogs’ debate transcript

By Arlene Getz
August 7, 2015

Here is the transcript from the 5 p.m. debate for the seven low-polling Republican candidates not included among the top 10 in the 9 p.m. debate:

Where Jeb Bush is ahead of the field

August 6, 2015


Guess which Republican presidential candidate gets the highest number of mentions in the media.