Tales from the Trail

Why a Trump victory looks increasingly possible for some Republicans

August 6, 2015

Golf – RICOH Women’s British Open 2015 – Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland – 1/8/15
US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump poses for a picture as he views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry
Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne 

What goes up…

August 5, 2015

After shooting to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential pack, real estate mogul Donald Trump’s poll numbers are starting to fall back to earth ahead of Thursday’s first prime-time debate.

Gouging on guacamole?

August 5, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waits off stage to speak during the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Actors, speakers and investors

By Arlene Getz
August 5, 2015

By Grant Smith

The latest candidates under the financial microscope: former New York Governor George Pataki, (who did not make the cut for Thursday’s GOP primary debate) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (who did get into the debate) and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (who also won’t be up on the debate stage).

What they earn, what they owe

By Arlene Getz
August 4, 2015

By Grant Smith

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has at least $120,000 debt, according to his financial disclosure released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

from The Great Debate:

Trying to out-Trump Trump? That way madness lies.

By Bill Schneider
August 4, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Dress rehearsal for a debate

August 4, 2015

Declared 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates, (L-R) former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich, former New York Governor George Pataki and former Texas Governor Rick Perry pose together on stage before the start of the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The GOP’s missing man

August 3, 2015

Wonder what Republicans really think of Donald Trump? Look no further than the party’s official web site. There you will find a flag-tinted photo collage featuring 12 of the ever-growing field of contenders for the GOP nomination. No prizes, though, for guessing whose image is missing.

What the government cut from Hillary’s email

July 31, 2015

WASHINGTON – As expected, Friday’s public release of thousands more emails Hillary Clinton sent or received while U.S. secretary of state is streaked with white bars marking where the government has redacted information not fit for public consumption.
Those white bars can make a reader’s imagination run wild. Is there a state secret hidden by the whiteness? An elusive government operative’s private cellphone number? Some embarrassing bit of Washington gossip?
The latest email dump shows how the reality is at least in some cases more banal. Take this brief tangent in an email conversation between Clinton and her old friend and confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who informally helped her out with her State Department work despite the White House denying him a paid job there.

Kidding around with Hillary

July 31, 2015

Included in the latest mind-numbing dump of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails from her time as secretary of state: some light-hearted ribbing from her top aides.