Tales from the Trail

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

By Erin McPike
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.

Despite differences with Pope Francis, 2016 contenders bask in his limelight

September 24, 2015

The field of 2016 Republican hopefuls have an unlikely thorn in their side — His Holiness, Pope Francis. Most disagree with him on issues such as climate change and economic inequality.

Trump vs. Fox News: Who fired whom first?

September 23, 2015

Another day, another Donald Trump salvo: In this Wednesday installment, the real estate mogul announced a boycott of Fox News, moments after the network canceled his upcoming appearance.

Trump finds novel way to fight negative ads – through the courts

September 22, 2015

It’s hard to imagine a U.S. presidential race without the all-too-common negative ads, with their deep-voiced and damning accusations. And it’s hard to imagine Donald Trump not having something to say to anyone accusing him of anything. But the master of the comeback may have just outdone himself by turning to his lawyer to pursue ad sponsors.

Debate poll: A second chance to make a worst impression

September 21, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Carson and Trump talk during a break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Trump or treat: New book, sexy Halloween costume coming this fall

September 21, 2015
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It’s no trick: Donald Trump could have two very different bestsellers arriving this Halloween.

New effort to get Republican candidates focused on poverty

By Erin McPike
September 21, 2015
A homeless woman sits on a bench few blocks away from the White House in downtown Washington

A homeless woman sits on a bench few blocks away from the White House in downtown Washington, September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Debate week, and more

September 18, 2015

We all know what happened this week. It was debate week.

Republican candidates faced off for a second time since the beginning of the race for their party’s nomination, and top contender Donald Trump suffered a few, stinging blows from a combative pack of rivals. Here’s an unusual round-up put together by Rolling Stone. Outsider Carly Fiorina shone brighter than most, climbing (almost) to the top of social media preferences after narrowly winning a spot in the debate.

from The Great Debate:

Bernie Sanders spoke at Jerry Falwell’s college – here’s the reaction he got

By Alan Chin
September 18, 2015


Bernie Sanders found a little support even in a bastion of conservatism. ALAN CHIN