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Trump Holds Lead, Broadens Support

Donald Trump continues to lead the race for the GOP nomination with 27% support, according to a new CBS poll released Sunday. His support is unchanged since early September. Ben Carson is second and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has moved into 3rd place. Jeb Bush has faded into a tie for 5th place.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (AP)

Republican Party Out of Step With Its Voters

While the specific reasons prompting McCarthy to drop out of a race he was expected to win are murky, the aftermath has brought another round of concern-trolling from the media and displayed, for all to see, a national political party that is hopelessly out of touch with its voters.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at the Conference on Internet Freedom in The Hague, on December 8, 2011. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Internet firms to avoid offering the 'tools of oppression' to authoritarian Middle East regimes trying to crush democracy protests.AFP PHOTO/POOL/J. Scott Applewhite (Photo credit should read

Billionaires Find New Ways to Support Campaigns

Billionaire Google Executive Eric Schmidt hasn’t contributed directly to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but the savvy tech mogul as found a more meaningful way to support her efforts. Schmidt is the angel investor behind The Groundwork, a new data mining firm under contract with the Clinton campaign.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) prepares to question Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson as she testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'U.S. Cuban Relations - The Way Forward.'

Marco Rubio Whiffs, Raises Just $6 Million in 3rd Quarter, Half His Previous Total

According to the FEC, Marco Rubio ended the second quarter fundraising period with $10 million in the bank. If the $11 million reported by his campaign is accurate, then the $6 million raised over the last three months only added around $1 million to his campaign war chest for the Fall. This would indicate that the campaign spent almost every dollar it raised between July and September.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) speaks as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) looks on during a press conference after a closed meeting with fellow Republicans, on Capitol Hill, July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. The House plans to move on Wednesday to extend highway and transit programs for three months.

Kevin McCarthy Blinks With Speaker’s Gavel Within Grasp

Kevin McCarthy’s decision throws the search for a new House Speaker into chaos. It also, temporarily at least, blocks movement on a planned reshuffling of the House Republican leadership team. McCarthy had indicated that he plans to remain as Majority Leader. The next few days, and his explanations for his withdrawal from the Speaker’s race, will determine whether that remains on option.

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Obama, Clinton Feud Will Play Again in 2016

Hillary Clinton’s new positioning also, however, puts her on the opposite side of President Obama on several major issues. Her fears of a Joe Biden candidacy for the nomination are rekindling the Obama-Clinton war from 2008.

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Donald Trump take part in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Leads Florida; Jeb Bush Fourth

As in other states, real estate developer Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson win the top spots among Florida Republicans. Trump continues to lead the field with 28 percent support, up 7 points from August. Carson is second with 16 percent support. It is noteworthy that Trump’s support among Florida Republicans is more than Rubio and Bush earn combined. This is not how major candidates normally poll in their home states.

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Politico ‘Analyzes’ Grammar of Facebook Commenters

Pity the poor folks at satirical periodical The Onion. It is increasingly hard to parody everyday life when reality has become an electric kool-aid acid test. On Monday, purported news site Politico brought its self-reported sharp political analysis to bear by analyzing the grammar of Facebook commenters for various Presidential candidates.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps on stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the Verizon Wireless Center on September 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Challenger for the democratic vote Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been gaining ground on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton Trailing GOP Field in Iowa

If Democrats are already trailing in the Hawkeye State with Hillary as their standard-bearer, they face a much more difficult task keeping the White House. And a new NBC/WSJ poll of Iowa finds presumptive Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton trailing all Republican candidates tested in the poll. Democrats have carried Iowa in 5 of the last 6 presidential contests.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall event at Keene High School September 30, 2015 in Keene, New Hampshire. Trump has seen his lead in the polls slip but still leads in New Hampshire. (Photo by )

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders Woo Blue-Collar Whites

White working class voters make up an huge chunk of the electorate, but are strangely ignored by most politicians. Although they occupy very different parts of the political spectrum, uber-capitalist Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders are making overt populist appeals to bring this long neglected voting bloc into their ranks.

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Jeb Bush Needs Big Fundraising Report

The third quarter fundraising period for presidential campaigns is over, having closed Wednesday. Detailed numbers won’t be publicly available until later this week, but campaigns are free to report their results at any time. More than any other candidate, Jeb Bush needs to report a strong fundraising quarter to quell growing doubts about his campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the Verizon Wireless Center on September 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Challenger for the democratic vote Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been gaining ground on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. (Photo by

Hillary Clinton Has Dropped 30 Points in Iowa Since Spring

In just 8 months, Hillary Clinton has given up more than 30 points of support to Sanders and Biden. This collapse has come while she was the prohibitive favorite for the nomination and amassed a large campaign war chest and an enormous campaign organization.

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Donald Trump, Ben Carson Surge When Media Attacks

It is no accident that Dr. Ben Carson is enjoying one of his biggest lifts in the polls as the media are was savaging him for views that offended them. It is a formula that has upended the GOP nomination fight.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks with supporters following a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire. Carson has risen in the most recent polls to pull almost even with front runner Donald Trump. (Photo by

Ben Carson Sets GOP Bar With $20 Million Haul

GOP candidate Ben Carson’s campaign reported raising an impressive $20 million in the third Quarter reporting period. His take is double the amount raised in the second Quarter, powered by thousands of small dollar donations. Carson’s fundraising total has provided a yardstick to measure the other campaigns. That is, if they choose to report any numbers before they are made public next week. If the other campaigns don’t report any numbers, well, that too will tell us a lot.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to the crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke on his central issues of income inequality, job creation, controlling climate change, quality affordable education and getting big money out of politics, to more than 11,000 people attending.

Bernie Sanders Catches Hillary Clinton in Money Race

Hillary Clinton supporters may dismiss polls showing a surging Sanders as an aberration of early polling, but Sanders’ money haul is much harder to explain away. Considering the fact that Sanders has a much smaller campaign operation, as David Axelrod conjectured on Twitter, he may actually have more cash-on-hand for the next phase of the campaign than Clinton. A large number of maxed-out donors to Hillary may now give money to Sanders, if only to hedge their bets.


U.S. Chamber Plans $100 Million Campaign Against Conservatives

The $100 million the Chamber plans to spend this cycle is close the triple the amount the group spent in 2012, when President Obama was running for reelection. In 2014, when the Chamber launched its effort to attack conservatives in primaries, the group spent close to $70 million.

House Speaker John Boehner arrives for his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Lame-Duck Boehner Looks to Clear Policy Decks

Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he will retire from Congress at the end of October has put most of the House legislative work on hold. A possible showdown this week over federal funding for Planned Parenthood has evaporated as the House grasps with new leadership elections scheduled for next week.

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Jeb Bush Calls in Dad, Brother To Help Struggling Campaign

On the campaign trail, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush frequently tries to allay concerns about the dynastic aspects of his candidacy. “I’m my own man,” Jeb said during a speech earlier this year, “and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experiences.” Former President George W. Bush hosted two fundraisers for Jeb last week. He and their father, George H.W. Bush, will host more.

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read

Poll: Outsiders Dominate GOP, Clinton Stumbling

A new NBC/WSJ poll showed that outsiders continue to dominate the GOP field for President. Donald Trump continues to lead, but only edges Ben Carson, who is in second place, by one point. Businesswoman Carly Fiorina has surged into a third place with 11 percent, tied with Sen. Marco Rubio. Together, the three outsider candidates garner 52 percent of the GOP vote.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on substance abuse September 17, 2015 in Laconia, New Hampshire. Clinton spent the day campaigning and spoke at on substance abuse.

Hillary Clinton Drags Down Democrats in NH

The poll, by WMUR/CNN, found Clinton leading GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by a modest amount, while both Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden lead the real estate developer by 20 points. Donald Trump runs 12-13 points better against Clinton than either of the other potential Democrats. Hillary Clinton may still be a favorite for the Democrat nomination, but she looks increasingly like an underdog next November.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters after speaking to federal contract workers at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to push for a raise to the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (

Poll: Sanders Up 16 in New Hampshire

A new CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire Democrats finds VT socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders opening his biggest lead against presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Sanders has the backing of 46% of the state’s Democrat voters, while Clinton has just 30%. Vice President Joe Biden has the backing of 14% of Democrats in the Granite State.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before a campaign event September 23, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Earlier today, Trump tweeted 'FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.' (Photo by

NH Poll: Trumps Leads, Fiorina Surges, Ben Carson Fades

A new poll of New Hampshire from CNN/WBUR finds Donald Trump holding on to his sizable lead in the first primary state. The race for the GOP nomination isn’t static, though, as Carly Fiorina has surged into second place and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has slide to fourth.

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