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  • Donald Trump’s Misses Opportunities

    As he prepared for the crucial first presidential debate, Donald Trump knew moderator Lester Holt would bring up the birther issue. He knew Holt would raise Trump’s tax returns. And his old position on the Iraq war. None are among the voters’ top concerns, but it was eminently predictable that they would be part of the debate — not least because if Holt had not brought them up, Hillary Clinton would have.

  • Addressing Terror, Clinton Plays It Safe, Trump Promises Bold Change

    The terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey, which injured 29, and the terrorist stabbings in Minnesota, which injured nine, were nowhere near as serious as the terrorist shootings in Orlando, which killed 49, and in San Bernardino, which killed 14. Nevertheless, the acts of accused bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, and of Dahir Adan, the stabber whose rampage was ended by an off-duty police officer in Minnesota, brought the issue of terrorism back to the presidential campaign trail.

  • As Debates Near, Forum Shows Potential Trump Advantage

    NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum,” held Wednesday night aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, was the closest thing to a debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton until the real thing on Sept. 26. And it showed an advantage Trump might have when the two meet face-to-face: She has a record in government to defend, while he doesn’t.

  • HILLARY CLINTON BLEACHBITS HER PAST

    HILLARY CLINTON BLEACHBITS HER PAST

    While Hillary Clinton was preparing to deliver a big speech portraying Donald Trump as a racist, a figure from Clinton’s recent unhappy past — Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi — added a new word to the 25-year vocabulary of Clinton scandals: BleachBit.

  • VOTERS TO TRUMP: SOFTEN, PLEASE

    VOTERS TO TRUMP: SOFTEN, PLEASE

    Donald Trump and his top aides can justifiably be satisfied with his stunningly successful trip to Mexico. At the same time, Trump has continued to sow confusion about his stand on immigration — not his overall position but specifically about his intentions regarding the 12 million immigrants who are in this country illegally. Will he soften his stance on deportations?

  • From Trump, A Stunning Admission And A New Direction

    From Trump, A Stunning Admission And A New Direction

    In general, in a campaign filled with controversial statements, it’s fair to say Donald Trump doesn’t do apologies and he doesn’t do regret.

  • Fights on Multiple Fronts Set Off New Round of Trump Fatigue

    Fights on Multiple Fronts Set Off New Round of Trump Fatigue

    One supporter leaving Donald Trump’s rally in this increasingly blue suburb of Washington, D.C., remarked, with some relief, “Well, I didn’t hear anything over the top.” Indeed she didn’t. The Trump event at Briar Woods High School was the third | Read More »

  • On Day 4 of the Khizr Khan Mess, Trump Stops Digging

    On Day 4 of the Khizr Khan Mess, Trump Stops Digging

    There are people in Donald Trump’s extended circle who had four words of advice on the Khizr Khan controversy: Stop talking about it. Judging by the conventional wisdom of politics and life — when in a hole, stop digging — | Read More »

  • Khizr Khan, Donald Trump and the Debate Over Muslim Immigration

    Khizr Khan, Donald Trump and the Debate Over Muslim Immigration

    There’s a sensation building over the Democratic convention speech of Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-born Virginia lawyer whose son Humayun was killed in action while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004. In seven minutes on | Read More »

  • Has Obama's Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    Has Obama’s Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    For all his appeal as a speaker, and for all the love coming from Democrats crowded inside the Wells Fargo Arena, President Obama made a classic mistake in his address to the Democratic convention Wednesday night. Determined to defend his | Read More »

  • Donald Trump Won--And He Can't Get Over It

    Donald Trump Won–And He Can’t Get Over It

    Donald Trump was widely criticized for replaying old fights with Ted Cruz at a news conference the morning after Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention. It’s true — there was no reason for Trump to rehash (again) and explain | Read More »

  • DNC Internal Debate: Sure, Trump is A Fascist--But What About Republicans?

    DNC Internal Debate: Sure, Trump is A Fascist–But What About Republicans?

    The WikiLeaks disclosure of internal Democratic National Committee emails shows DNC officials taking great pleasure in expressions of Republican disunity about Donald Trump. For example, the various statements of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s difficulties in supporting Trump rocketed around DNC | Read More »

  • Ted Cruz's Gamble

    Ted Cruz’s Gamble

    By allowing Ted Cruz to speak without an assured endorsement, Donald Trump took a gamble with his convention. By refusing to endorse the nominee of his party, Cruz took a gamble with his political future. Trump lost his gamble when | Read More »

  • Law and Order' Becomes a Major Theme of GOP Convention

    Law and Order’ Becomes a Major Theme of GOP Convention

    The Trump campaign set “Make America Safe Again” as the theme of the Republican convention’s first night well before the attack that killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge. But that attack, and the earlier shooting | Read More »

  • Harvard Study: As Trump Won, Media Coverage Turned Sharply Negative

    Harvard Study: As Trump Won, Media Coverage Turned Sharply Negative

    A new report from Harvard University says press coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign become progressively more negative as Trump built a lead in the Republican primaries — and soared after Trump clinched the GOP nomination. A graph in the | Read More »

  • After All That's Happened, Trump Fares No Worse With Hispanic Voters Than Romney Or McCain

    After All That’s Happened, Trump Fares No Worse With Hispanic Voters Than Romney Or McCain

    How many bad moments has Donald Trump had with Hispanic voters? From Mexican rapists to build-a-wall to Judge Gonzalo Curiel, many Republican insiders view Trump as a one-man wrecking crew, a disaster of unprecedented proportions, when it comes to the | Read More »

  • Joining The Crowd, A Trump Adviser Becomes A Former Adviser

    Joining The Crowd, A Trump Adviser Becomes A Former Adviser

    In the last few months, the veteran Republican operative Barry Bennett did lots of interviews in his role as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign. But Bennett, who earlier served as Ben Carson’s campaign manager, stressed that his role | Read More »

  • GOP Blue-Collar Heroes Laud Trump

    GOP Blue-Collar Heroes Laud Trump

    The Washington Examiner’s Jim Antle recently noted that despite talk of a Republican “consensus” on trade, “three runners-up for the Republican nomination who received strong conservative support — Pat Buchanan in 1996, Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in | Read More »

  • Polls Are Telling Donald Trump the Truth, But He's Not Listening

    Polls Are Telling Donald Trump the Truth, But He’s Not Listening

    Polls used to tell Donald Trump something. They told him he was winning the Republican primary race, that his message and style were connecting with voters, that he was more popular than any of his rivals. Trump talked about polls | Read More »

  • The Overlooked Substance in Donald Trump's Speech

    The Overlooked Substance in Donald Trump’s Speech

    Most coverage of Donald Trump’s speech in New York Wednesday has focused on his attacks on Hillary Clinton. Or the fact that he read the speech from a teleprompter. Or the fact that it came amid a period of disorder | Read More »