Tales from the Trail

FEC members attempt to curb donations

June 9, 2015

Two Democratic members of the Federal Election Commission have filed a petition urging their own agency to curb anonymous donations and unrestricted campaign spending for the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton downplays personal ties to overdose deaths

June 8, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving the Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award during an appearance at Texas Southern University in Houston June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Donna Carson

With eye on election, Republicans assail Putin

June 8, 2015

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Scott Walker is leader of election pack in Iowa

June 8, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to make a bid to become a U.S. Republican presidential candidate, shows off his motorcycle driver’s license before a “Roast & Ride” fund-raising event sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) in Des Moines, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

New Hampshire’s love affair with the candidates

June 8, 2015

Text by Steve Holland. Photos by Brian Snyder

Can Hillary Clinton recreate the family magic in New Hampshire? And can Jeb Bush escape the troubled political legacy he has inherited in the state his father and brother both won?

Twitter draws fire for ‘Politwoops’ shutdown

June 5, 2015

If you’ve been planning to catch up on what politicians delete from their tweets, you’ve missed the boat. Twitter has taken down Politwoops, the three-year-old site dedicated to collecting deleted tweets by holders of public office, because, says Twitter, preserving killed tweets violates Twitter users’ “expectation of privacy.”

A week in politics

By Arlene Getz
June 5, 2015

Welcome to our latest feature in Tales from the Trail: A week in politics. And yes, this week indeed felt like a long one, what with the official entry of several new presidential hopefuls (Graham, Chafee, Perry) to the race and, finally, an announcement about the expected arrival of Jeb Bush next week.

Among Latinos, Cruz is not on fire

June 5, 2015

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (C) greets attendees as he arrives to speak at the Tea Party Patriots “Exempt America from Obamacare” rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this September 10, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

from The Great Debate:

How the GOP went ‘Psycho,’ and how to fix it

By Craig Shirley
June 5, 2015

Camera crews set up for Universal Studios' "Best Psycho Shower Scene Scream" contest at the Bates Mo..

Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." REUTERS/Archives

It is hard to describe just how bad things are for the Republican Party. Each day it looks more and more like the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho.

Cruz apologizes for joke about Biden

June 4, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized on Wednesday for making a joke about Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, whose son died on the weekend.