Sunday, August 30, 2015
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after arriving for jury duty at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York

This Week In Polls: Trump Already Tweeted It

If someone wants to look at the polls showing Donald Trump ahead, the best place to look is… Donald Trump’s Twitter account, where the candidate is more than happy to talk about it. And when he’s not touting his own poll numbers, he’s badmouthing someone else’s.

August 28, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Twisted Logic And Right-Wing Blame Games

Just when you thought the far-right fringe couldn’t possibly connect abortion with the stock market, or equate the LGBT Pride flag with a white supremacist symbol, they just, well, go ahead and do that. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the shameful, racist, and hateful speech of the increasingly illogical right wing.

August 28, 2015
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Endorse This: It’s Not The Crime — It’s The Combover

Donald Trump really is going after every strand of criticism against him. During a rally today in South Carolina, the GOP frontrunner read indignantly from a newspaper article about a Spanish-language radio host who refers to him as “el hombre del peluquín” — “the man of the toupee.”

August 27, 2015
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Ramos 1, Trump Zee-ro

Trump is entertaining if you can ignore that he wants to be leader of the free world. He’s funny if you think racism and misogyny are great punchlines. If you’re not on board with that, you may think Trump deserves the toughest of questions, the ones Ramos wants to ask.

August 27, 2015
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Trump’s Video Game Mastery

Television is about ratings; Trump delivers ratings; therefore, Trump, whose speeches are 90 percent about Trump — his feelings, experiences, feuds, grudges and, of course, genius — is on television nonstop.

August 27, 2015
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Could Pope Francis Be Donald Trump’s Undoing?

Think about what we try to teach our children, and then think about four years of trying to explain away a President Trump. Maybe the contrast with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit will jump-start the process of scales falling from eyes.

August 27, 2015
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Trump Defends Removal Of Univision Anchor From News Conference

“I’m not a bully,” Trump told NBC in an interview, also adding: “He was totally out of line last night.”

August 26, 2015
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Univision Anchor Briefly Ejected From Trump News Conference

After Ramos said he had the right to ask a question, Trump said: “No, you don’t. You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision.”

August 26, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Donald Trump Vs. Fox News — Again!

Donald Trump reignited his war against his political enemies, with a new attack on Fox News host Megyn Kelly. And even the most prominent Republican media outlet in the country is discovering: The Donald won’t ever let you go.

August 25, 2015
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Endorse This: Lindsey Graham’s Fightin’ Words!

Of course, in order for Graham himself to even get near Trump, he would first have to qualify for one of the top-ten candidate debates — and good luck with that.

August 25, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets the crowd in the overflow room following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire

Poll: Trump Has Big GOP Lead In New Hampshire, Sanders Ahead For Dems

The new poll even finds The Donald leading a variety of other candidates in potential two-way races — which would dispel the idea that Trump might just have been ahead because of divided opposition in a very wide field.

August 25, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile

‘Fascist’ Trump Isn’t First Demagogue Laughed Off As A Buffoon

Whether Trump may be accurately defined as a “fascist” or not, his political ascent increasingly resembles a “Saturday Night Live” version of the rise of Hitler or Mussolini. Both dictators were mocked as buffoons in their day, but when they suddenly came to power, the joke was no longer quite so funny.

August 25, 2015
Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush greets supporters at a VFW town hall event in Merrimack

Jeb Bush Needs Some Razzle-Dazzle

Sometimes there’s a fine line between mild-mannered and wimpy. No one’s expecting Jeb to morph into an electrifying personality at age 62 — but they do expect evidence of a pulse. So here’s plan to energize Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

August 25, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Rick Perry Tries To Break Out By Attacking Pretty Much Everybody

No money, no press, no poll numbers — it’s hard out there for Rick Perry.

August 24, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile

5 Reasons Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Power

What is being exposed is a Republican Party intent on proving itself incapable of and unqualified for power, as evidenced by both its acceptance of Trump and its wider embrace of destructive delusions. Here’s how Republicans have proven that they are unfit to lead.

August 24, 2015
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At Koch Group Summit, A Restrained Enthusiasm For Trump

At an annual Americans for Prosperity summit, a handful of the 17 Republican presidential candidates made appearances. Donald Trump was not invited.

August 22, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters as he is driven away following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire

Trump Widens Lead Over U.S. Republican Presidential Field: Reuters Poll

Republican voters show no signs they are growing weary of the brash real estate mogul.

August 22, 2015
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Donald Trump — Man Of War

We should all give thanks to Donald Trump’s reality-TV-show run for the Republican presidential nomination because of what it reveals about his fan base.

August 22, 2015
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Republicans Still Pandering To Voters’ Worst Instincts

Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color — but let’s just say the report’s recommendations haven’t been widely embraced.

August 22, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after arriving for jury duty at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York

Donald Trump Keeps Boosting TV News Ratings

Donald Trump’s surprisingly durable campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination continues to be ratings rocket fuel for TV news.

August 21, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Eat Your F-in’ Vegetables!’

Jimmy Kimmel and First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up for a new public service announcement on nutrition, called “F and V” — though with a bit of disagreement over what exact language that really means.

August 21, 2015
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Endorse This: Donald Trump Loves The Flag — Really!

There are candidates who wave the American flag — and then there’s Donald Trump, who gave the Stars and Stripes a big hug at a rally Wednesday in New Hampshire.

August 20, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: The Trump Mexican Baby Catapult

Larry Wilmore asked the “real” Donald Trump: “Wait, so you actually want to catapult Mexican children over the border?!?”

August 20, 2015
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Republicans Aim For Their Own Feet

The party has an unerring genius for alienating exactly the demographics it needs to win the White House.

August 20, 2015
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