Tales from the Trail

Snowden joins Twitter to an avalanche of support

September 29, 2015

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of several U.S. government surveillance programs, amassed more than 400,000 followers in just three hours on Tuesday when he launched his new Twitter account.

Biden’s intentions? If only the microphone weren’t off.

September 29, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden can’t escape questions about whether he will jump into the Democratic presidential primary race – not even on the dais at the United Nations General Assembly.

Why Marco Rubio wants you to ‘adopt’ a staffer

September 29, 2015

Here’s a new form of candidate fundraiser. For a mere $250 contribution, supporters of Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio can “adopt” one of his staffers toiling in an early-voting state. Your very own presidential campaign staffer–for a day, at least–will come complete with a postcard from the campaign, a shout-out on Twitter and an update on the adopted staffer. (It is unclear whether said update will come with a touching photo, too.)

Donald Trump is the only man to save the world, says Carl Icahn

September 29, 2015

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Trump tax plan riles the right

September 28, 2015

Donald Trump’s new tax plan may not upset rich Americans as much as expected, but it quickly drew the ire of conservative groups and deficit hawks.

Hillary Clinton talks pumpkin spice and the price of Daraprim

September 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton hosted another Facebook question and answer session Wednesday afternoon, condemning “price gougers,” and calling for the manufacturers of the infection treatment, Daraprim, to drop the cost of the drug to its original price.

Week in politics: Drowning in polls

September 26, 2015

Polls, polls, polls. Some say they shouldn’t be trusted, yet polls continue to be flaunted by many presidential candidates and are carefully monitored by political pundits.

#DonaldTrumpsGoogleHistory takes Twitter by storm

September 25, 2015

In the fickle world of internet hashtags, anyone can fall victim to a barrage of funny, silly or downright mean tweets about themselves. But in the case of #DonaldTrumpsGoogleHistory, responses were a mixed bag of the three as Twitter users wondered about what Republican front-runner Donald Trump searched for online in his spare time.

Billionaire environmentalist calls for Democratic debate on climate change

September 25, 2015

Hedge fund manager and environmentalist Tom Steyer, a major Democratic donor, is calling for an additional Democratic debate focused on climate change and clean energy before Iowa holds its caucuses on February 1.

Kasich Super PAC pivots to national security in TV ad debuting Monday

September 25, 2015

A new TV ad touting Ohio Governor John Kasich’s national security credentials over the rest of the Republican presidential field will hit New Hampshire’s airwaves Monday morning.