Tales from the Trail

In Republican debate, Trump faces Tribble master

September 15, 2015

The most-awaited showdown at Wednesday’s Republican debate could be between Donald Trump and the constitutional law professor who has challenged the reality TV star turned front-runner’s knowledge of world affairs, moderator Hugh Hewitt.

Sanders braves the elephant in the auditorium

September 15, 2015

Democrat Bernie Sanders ventured into the lion’s den—a.k.a. Liberty University in Virginia—on Monday and appealed to evangelical Christians’ better angels, looking for common ground by linking Biblical precepts to care for the poor with criticism of cut-throat capitalism.

What Republicans like about Trump

September 15, 2015

Ask any Trump supporter why the blond-bouffanted businessman is the best and you’ll get pretty much the same answer: He’s speaking his mind, saying what other candidates are afraid to say.

Pro-Fiorina ad: Yes, please, do look at this face!

September 14, 2015

Donald Trump is still living down his derisive comments about the looks of rival Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. And her Super PAC saw an opportunity.

Loves labor most: Clinton picks up endorsement, Sanders grabs volunteers

September 14, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The donor is Bond. James Bond.

September 11, 2015

By Grant Smith

Daniel Craig, the English actor best-known for playing James Bond, made a nearly $50,000 campaign contribution to a Super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, according to the Center for Public Integrity. 

Week in politics: Too much Trump

September 11, 2015

Unsurprisingly, this week was another Donald Trump extravaganza filled with insults, misogyny and more bombastic talk.

Clinton hits out at Walker

September 11, 2015

As summer winds down, the candidates are turning up the heat. Democrat Hillary Clinton jabbed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker repeatedly in Milwaukee on Thursday, as the Democratic presidential candidate ripped into the Republican White House hopeful.

Cruz backer preaches against ‘predatorial lifestyle’ of gays

September 11, 2015

Farris Wilks and his younger brother Dan are billionaires thanks to the recent oil-and-gas drilling boom. They’re also the biggest donors in the 2016 race for the White House, giving $15 million to a Super PAC backing Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz.

Walking in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps

September 11, 2015

Scott Walker toured New Hampshire on his Harley on Labor Day weekend

If you are a Republican candidate and your strategy isn’t panning out, employ this fallback: Be the next Ronald Reagan.