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GOP Has Dug Itself a Big Hole on Immigration

Eugene Robinson: “The catalyst for the current eruption of anti-foreigner bombast is, of course, Republican front-runner Donald Trump. His rhetoric blaming undocumented Mexicans for a crime wave and insisting — without a shred of evidence — that the Mexican government [...]

Perry Down to One Staffer in Iowa

Rick Perry’s campaign continues to retrench, the New York Times reports. “The Republican from Texas has whittled his staff in Iowa to one paid operative amid continuing fund-raising struggles… Mr. Perry led in the polls for a stretch during his [...]

GOP Worried About Trump’s Plan to Raise Taxes

“For years, Republicans have run for office on promises of cutting taxes and bolstering business to stimulate economic growth, pledging allegiance to a Reaganesque model of conservatism that has largely become the party’s orthodoxy,” the New York Times reports. “But [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate [...]

American Voters are Very Unhappy

A new Quinnipiac poll finds a total of 71% of American voters are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the nation today, including 41% who are “very dissatisfied.” “Voters disapprove 81% to 12% of the way Republicans in [...

Trump Continues War Against GOP Establishment

Byron York: “First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart [...]

Kudlow Says He Might Run for Senate

Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut, Roll Call reports. Said Kudlow: “Maybe I’m speaking out of school but if Sen. Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“That’s a disgrace, and she’s a disgrace. She’s a disgrace for saying that, for comparing Republicans to terrorist groups.” — Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by Politico, on Hillary Clinton criticizing Republicans on women’s health issu...

Quote of the Day

“The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.” — Hillary Clinton, quoted by the New York Times, on the Republican party.

The Latest on Wonk Wire

Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: The Difficulty of Passing Gun Control Laws Does GOP’s Aggressive Conservatism Risk Alienating a Diverse Republican Base? Despite Increase in Incarceration Rates, Drug Use Has Risen ‘Overwhelming Majority’ in Favor of EPA Clean [...]

Trump May Soon Rule Out Third Party Bid

Donald Trump told the New York Times that he “would soon decide whether to sign a pledge to support the ultimate Republican presidential nominee, something the South Carolina Republican Party is requiring to compete in the state’s critical primary.” Trump [...]

Pollsters Dumbfounded by Trump

“Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential run: They’ve never seen anything like it. The billionaire businessman’s dominance of the Republican presidential race is forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything they know [...]

Kasich Is Bigger Threat to Bush Than Trump

Caitlin Huey-Burns: “Over the past month, John Kasich has been moving in on Bush’s turf, gaining ground in the must-win state of New Hampshire. The Ohio governor is positioning himself as moderate Republicans’ viable alternative to Bush, with a more [...]

Fiorina Fights for Place in 2nd GOP Debate

Carly Fiorina “is waging a public war with both CNN, which is hosting the debate, and the Republican National Committee, which her campaign accused on Wednesday of ‘rigging the game’ to keep her out of the prime-time event,” the New [...]

Trump’s Lead Grows While Clinton’s Shrinks

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Donald Trump expanded his lead over the Republican presidential pack with 28%, followed by Ben Carson at 12%, Jeb Bush at 7%, Ted Cruz at 7% and Marco Rubio at 7%. On the Democratic side, [...]

Trump Signaling He Will Forgo a Third-Party Bid

Donald Trump “has told several top Republicans that he will swear off the possibility of an independent bid and commit to running his presidential campaign under the party’s banner,” the Huffington Post reports. “Such a move could endear Trump further [...]

The Latest on Wonk Wire

Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Which Cities Are the Most Plagued by Traffic Gridlock? Trump Exposes the Real Motivations of the GOP Is Obamacare Still a Campaign Issue? Republicans Support State Marijuana Laws Trump Remains Deeply Unpopular with [...]

Colorado Republicans Will Skip Nominating Process

“Colorado will not vote for a Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus after party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state’s clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era,” the Denver Post [...]

Graham Says Trump Appeals to the ‘Dark Side’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN that Donald Trump is appealing to the “dark side” of the Republican party. Said Graham: “Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. There’s [...]

Trump Must Rule Out Third Party Bid by September 30

Donald Trump “must rule out a third-party bid before October if he wants to compete in South Carolina’s Republican primary, a crucial test in the nominating contest,” CNN reports. “Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a third-party candidacy, noting [...]

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