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Since When Did Presidential Candidates Curse?

New York Times: “A little more than two months before the voting begins, the candidates have charged into what appears to be the inaugural profanity primary, wrought by an overstuffed field of competitors vying for attention and the specter of [...]

Trump Holds Commanding National Lead

A new Economist/YouGov Poll finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field among likely primary voters with 36%, followed by Marco Rubio at 14%, Ted Cruz at 12%, Ben Carson at 10% and Jeb Bush at 6%.

How Donald Trump Courted the Right Wing Fringe

McKay Coppins: “Trump’s dominance in this year’s presidential primary race has often been described as a mysterious natural phenomenon: the Donald riding a wild, unpredictable tsunami of conservative populist anger that just now happens to be crashing down on the [...]

Why the GOP Race May Hinge on Ted Cruz

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Not All Lies Are Created Equal

Politico: “When Hillary Clinton lies, she generally does so with legalistic care. You get the sense that she knows what the exact truth is. But you also get the sense that she knows she’ll suffer if she provides the whole [...]

How Lobbyists Gets What They Want

Bloomberg: “Lobbyists around Washington have more than a handful of tactics to combat legislative threats to their clients. Some are as basic as meeting with lawmakers to explain their position. Others involve mustering seven-figure efforts that include a full deployment [...]

Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees

“Ben Carson, who is facing increasing scrutiny over his grasp of foreign policy, is traveling to Jordan on Friday to visit Syrian refugees, in order to gain an understanding of the pressing issue and to polish his candidacy,” the New [...]

GOP Insiders See Trump Winning Several Early States

Republican insiders tell Politico that Donald Trump “could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak.” “Roughly three-in-four GOP insiders in New Hampshire and South Carolina, many of whom have [...]

Trump Wants Apology from Reporter He Mocked

Washington Post: “A day after he was widely rebuked for mocking a reporter with a physical disability, business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he had done so and accused the reporter of ‘using his [.....

Two Trend Lines in Political Polling

Nate Cohn: “One is the rise of online polling. The other is the decline of telephone surveys because of rising costs and possibly declining quality, tied to the fact that fewer Americans are willing to participate in a telephone poll. [...]

McConnell Would Remove Limits on Party Spending

“Senate Republicans plan to insert a provision into a must-pass government funding bill that would vastly expand the amount of cash that political parties could spend on candidates,” multiple sources tell Politico. “The provision, which sources say is one of [...]

Venezuela Opposition Politician Gunned Down

Luis Manuel Diaz, a regional opposition leader in Venezuela, “has been shot dead at a campaign rally less than two weeks before parliamentary elections,” the BBC reports.

Trump Embraces Roughness at Rallies

New York Times: “And while Mr. Trump’s heated language on surveillance of Muslims, accepting Syrian refugees and illegal immigration is firing up his crowds, it is also drawing more protesters, resulting in physical clashes.” “At recent Trump rallies, supporters have [...]

Obama May Defy Congress on Guantanamo

President Obama “signed legislation Wednesday that authorizes military spending and sets policies for next year, but issued a statement designed to give him leeway to circumvent provisions blocking his plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” the [...]

Introducing: Political Wire Memberships

As a loyal Political Wire reader over the years, I wanted you to know about our new membership program. It’s just in time for what promises to be a very exciting and possibly crazy election season! Political Wire will always [...]

How to be the Crazy Uncle at Thanksgiving

Politico: “Yes, it’s time to be the crazy uncle for a change. Obviously not every crazy uncle is created equal. The best kind of crazy depends who you’re sitting next to. The key thing is to identify your target, plop [...]

Trump Leads Nationally as Cruz Surges Into Second

A new Reuters poll finds Donald Trump lead the GOP presidential race nationally with 33%, followed by Ted Cruz at 21%, Ben Carson at 12%, Marco Rubio at 11% and Jeb Bush at 8%.

Politicians Can Now Say Anything They Want

Matt Taibbi: “Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it. Along with vindication, apology and suffering, there now exists a fourth way forward for the politician spewing whoppers: Blame the backlash on [...]

A Novel of the Reagan Years

On my reading list: Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon. Dan Balz: “Mallon is a marvelous at turning historical events into fiction. His last novel was about Richard Nixon and Watergate and was a great read. [...]

Big GOP Donors Have No Plans to Take on Trump

Washington Post: “Most of the party’s financiers and top strategists are sitting on the sidelines. Many are reluctant to spend money against Trump after watching others fumble as they tried to handle his counterpunches. Others, citing past elections, remain confident [...]

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