Tales from the Trail

from The Great Debate:

Why we love Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson is in the doghouse

By Thomas Bender
November 6, 2015


Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson (L) and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton (L) debate policy during a cabinet meeting in “Hamilton.” President George Washington (Christopher Jackson) (C) sits behind them. Courtesy of “HAMILTON”/Joan Marcus

Carson: Transgender people should get their own bathroom

November 5, 2015

By Angela Moon

Just days after voters in Houston rejected an ordinance allowing transgender people to choose the bathroom of their choice, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested creating transgender bathrooms.

Stung by last debate, Bush says he’s prepping less for next one

November 4, 2015

Jeb Bush has heard all the talk about what he did wrong at the last debate of Republican presidential candidates.

from The Great Debate:

Carly Fiorina’s disgust is written all over her face

By Dan Hill
November 4, 2015

Though key issues may vary, a candidate’s signature facial expressions rarely do. In Carly Fiorina’s case, she dominates the field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders in one particular look: It signals disgust. With a lower-lip depressor movement, her lower lip pulls down and out, causing the lip to stretch wider and the chin to momentarily flatten.

Trump trash talks Carson, ‘overrated’ Rubio and ‘sleeping’ Bush

November 3, 2015

Donald Trump held a press conference Tuesday—and that meant plenty of Trumpian trash talk aimed at his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCain on GOP debate complaints: ‘Move on’

November 3, 2015

John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has some advice for his party’s 2016 White House hopefuls unhappy with last week’s CNBC debate:  “I think their complaints are legitimate, but come on, man up and move on. I think it’s OK if the temperature isn’t exactly 67 degrees,” McCain told reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

For a Koch brother, money can’t always buy influence

November 3, 2015

Powerful mega donor Charles Koch, who along with his brother David has given heavily to conservative political candidates, said their effort so far to influence the U.S. political theater has largely failed.

from The Great Debate:

Modern politics: Public is more partisan, parties are more powerless

By Bruce J. Schulman
November 3, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of  the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Senator Ted Cruz pose before the GOP debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Clinton charity won’t refile erroneous tax forms after all

November 2, 2015

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health program says it will not refile erroneous tax returns for 2012 and 2013 after all, POLITICO reported on Monday, despite telling Reuters earlier this year it was “working diligently” to get them amended.

Saving face: Carly Fiorina tells women of ‘The View’ to ‘man up’

November 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is fending off another insult about her face – this time from members of her own sex.