Tales from the Trail

The Confederate flag question, avoided

June 22, 2015

Where do Republican presidential hopefuls stand on permanently removing the Confederate flag from its place over the South Carolina State House in Columbia? The question over the flag, which many see as a symbol of racial hatred, surfaced after a white man shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston last week.

Week in politics: Snark, hair and the sounds of Hillary

By Arlene Getz
June 19, 2015

For campaign watchers, this was Trump week. After the real estate mogul announced on Tuesday that he was running for the White House, Facebook found that he was the top Republican candidate mentioned on the site.  The Facebook data, which is less about popularity than about references to the individual, found that Trump’s announcement saw 3.4 million people produce 6.4 million interactions focused on him.

Up close and personal with the Trump hair

By Arlene Getz
June 18, 2015

Donald Trump invites an audience member to check whether his hair is genuine. Watch the video to see what she found.

Walker leads among Republican conservatives

June 18, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the clear favorite of conservative voters as he readies an expected bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Facing uphill battle in Iowa, Bush turns to immigration

June 18, 2015

Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush shares a laugh with women outside a shop before speaking at a campaign event in Pella, Iowa June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

from The Great Debate:

Why a younger Hillary Clinton may never have had a chance

By Chloe Angyal
June 18, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Bush on transgender soldiers, his wardrobe and Trump’s wall

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, Iowa – Jeb Bush says there is a role for transgender people in the U.S. military. He’s not sure what that should be, but he’s open to the idea.

What’s in an acronym? Ask the FEC.

By Alana Wise
June 17, 2015

By Alana Wise

It’s all in the capitalization. Carly for America, a super PAC backing Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina, has used crafty punctuation to settle a problem with the Federal Election Commission.

‘Me? Rich?’ Presidential hopefuls play middle-class card

June 17, 2015

Don’t call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike Huckabee? Despite his wealth, he was born “blue collar, not blue blood.”

Candidates vote to curb torture in interrogations

June 17, 2015

U.S. senators came out overwhelmingly against torture on Tuesday, in a vote that, if largely symbolic for now, marked a strong departure from the era of “enhanced interrogation techniques” under former Republican President George W. Bush.