Tales from the Trail

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.

A week in politics: Polls, prep and rumpled socialism

By Arlene Getz
July 31, 2015

For the candidates, it’s all eyes forward. With the first Republican debate to be held next Thursday in Cleveland, the scramble among the 17 presumptive nominees is to be included as one of the top 10 chosen for a podium.

Trump towers in fresh poll

July 31, 2015

Donald Trump has something new to crow about.

The latest numbers from the Reuters/Ipsos five-day tracking poll has boastful billionaire as the presidential choice of almost 30 percent of Republicans surveyed—a stratospheric mark given the fragmented presidential field.

More on the money

By Arlene Getz
July 30, 2015

By Grant Smith

Those financial filings keep rolling in.

Three Rand Paul-allied Super PACs released their mid-year campaign finance reports ahead of Friday’s deadline, revealing they raised $6.2 million, and have about $5.7 million on hand.

Kasich’s culture clash

July 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich answers questions from reporters following a tour of the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

What the candidates are worth

By Arlene Getz
July 29, 2015

 By Grant Smith

For the voyeurs among us, Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal is the latest candidate to expose his personal finances to public scrutiny. Filings released by the Federal Election Commission today show that the Louisiana governor has 26 investment accounts and a couple bank accounts worth between $3.9 million and $11.3 million.