Tales from the Trail

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

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

September 18, 2015


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

The debate’s strangest–and least accurate–statements

September 17, 2015

In a 1976 debate with Democratic contender Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford goofed up in response to a question about Poland and said, “There is no Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe.” It has gone down as a classic debate gaffe and likely contributed to his loss to Carter later that year.

Tough on debaters, but good for CNN

September 17, 2015

Wednesday night’s primetime CNN Republican debate roped in a whopping 22.9 million viewers, making it the most watched broadcast in the network’s history, according to CNN Money.

In debate, who got time

September 17, 2015

By Megan Casella

In an election season so far focused on Donald Trump, it’s no surprised the billionaire real-estate mogul came away with the most airtime after Wednesday night’s Republican debate.

Mom, wife, nobody, foreigners: Republican candidates choose women for $10 bill

September 17, 2015

In one of the odder moments during the second Republican debate, the 11 candidates on the main stage were asked to pick a woman to put on the $10 bill. The answers ran a wide gamut. Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush gave perhaps the most surprising ones, with Fiorina — the only female candidate in the field — voting for no changes to current male-dominated bills, and Bush selecting late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.