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Carly Fiorina Could Be Break-Out Star of Debate ‘Undercard’

On Thursday, the prime-time political world will be focused on the 1st GOP Presidential debate, featuring the top 10 Republican candidates. There are, of course, 16 declared candidates for the GOP nomination, meaning that six won’t make the cut for the nighttime debate, hosted by Fox News.

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Rick Perry’s Trump Card Fizzles

When the Republican candidates take stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will likely be watching from his hotel room somewhere. The candidate who briefly dominated polling in the 2012 contest and began this campaign in the middle of the pack, looks to settle in 11th or 12th place when the debate cut-off is set.


GOP Insiders: Trump Will Be Out Before Iowa

Trump currently leads all national polling in the race. His lead has apparently increased even after he made off-the-cuff remarks criticizing John McCain’s war record. That he has gained support after those remarks should be a sobering wake-up call to the political class.

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U.S. Wage Growth Slowest Since 1982

The report from BLS measures not just salary and hourly wage earnings, but the employer spending on benefits as well. It is the only report that measures the total compensation to American workers. Economists had expected a 0.6 percent increase in total compensation for the quarter.

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Poll: Biden Bests Clinton Against Republicans

The differences are small and within the poll’s margin of error, but will likely heighten anxiety among senior Democrats that Hillary is not their most competitive nominee for next year’s Presidential contest. In the new Quinnipiac poll, Jeb Bush edges Clinton in a hypothetical match-up. Clinton holds a one-point lead over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Biden, though, bests Bush and is tied with Walker.


Democrats Divided By Minimum Wage Hike

A far better way to assist low-income workers struggling to raise a family on a minimum wage job is a boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which rewards those working. A job, even a minimum wage job, is still the best anti-poverty program. More than two-thirds of minimum wage workers receive a raise within the first year of employment.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump spoke about illegal immigration and other topics in front of an estimated crowd of 4,200.

Monmouth Poll: Trump Dominates New Hampshire

A new poll from Monmouth University finds Donald Trump dominating the field in New Hampshire, thumping Jeb Bush, his nearest competitor, by a 2-1 margin. Trump has 24 percent support of Republican primary voters, while Jeb Bush has just 12 percent.

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Trump Surge Fueled by GOP Dissatisfaction

In the new CNN poll, 53 percent of Republican voters feel their views are not represented in Washington. This is nearly double the sentiment among Democrats and far higher than that of overall voters. These Republicans are most supportive of Trump, want to see him stay in the race and can even envision him as the party’s nominee.

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) (R) speaks of his commitments at the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall with moderator Jose Antonio Vargas at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke of the criminal justice system in income inequality before being interrupted by demonstrators yelling 'Black Lives Matter' and challenging his record as mayor and governor.

Leftward Lurch Imperils Democrat Party

Few national political figures have embraced the full kaleidoscope of leftist policy proposals as eagerly as Sanders and O’Malley. The panel was even moderated by a celebrated leftist journalist who is also famously an illegal immigrant. Only a drum-circle and piped-in scents of patchouli were missing from what ought to have been a leftist dream-team of Presidential politics. It’s no coincidence that outside of the coasts and urban areas, the Democrat party is simply not competitive in most of the country.

Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media after exiting his plane during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. Trump's recent comments, calling some immigrants from Mexico as drug traffickers and rapists, have stirred up reactions on both sides of the aisle. Although fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has denounced Trump's comments and his campaign in general, U.S. Senator from Texas Ted-Cruz has so far refused to bash his fellow Republican nominee. (Photo by

Economist Poll: Vets More Favorable to Trump than McCain

The veterans sampled in the overall poll is a small group, with a likely significant margin of error. That said, Trump’s generally good standing with veterans even after his remarks about McCain reminds us that veterans are not monolithic, one-issue voters. According to the poll, “veterans are divided on whether Trump owes McCain an apology.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks with reporters after the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Senate Resurrects Ex-Im Bank in Highway Bill

While the Senate will consider a number of amendments to the legislation this weekend, the most politically revealing provision offered will be resurrecting the New Deal-era Export-Import Bank. The charter for the federal lending agency expired at the end of June.


Walker, Rubio, Cruz and Trump Dominate GOP Activists ‘Primary’

There is the superficial one, that dominates media coverage and mostly gauges name recognition and current press mentions. Then there is the mostly hidden, but far more important, contest for the hearts and minds of the Republican super-activists, those supporters who will provide the critical human infrastructure as voting nears.

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EXCLUSIVE – Nine in Ten Conservative Activists Say Dump Boehner

Conservative activist group Citizens United has released a new poll of its membership, which surveyed over 4,000 activists across the country. Just 2 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. More than 90 percent want their Member of Congress to replace current House Speaker John Boehner.

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Sanders Pushes $15 Minimum Wage

The proposal would almost double the current minimum wage in just five years. The move by Sanders will put pressure on presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who is under increasing threat from the far-left base of the party.

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Poll: Hillary Trails Republicans in Iowa, Colorado, Virginia

“Hillary Clinton’s numbers have dropped among voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. She has lost ground in the horserace and on key questions about her honesty and leadership,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll in a release. “On being a strong leader, a key metric in presidential campaigns, she has dropped four to 10 points depending on the state and she is barely above 50 percent in each of the three states.”


Trump Surge a GOP Wake-Up Call

Trump’s surge in the polls makes perfect sense. The Republicans in Congress have been battered into a meek, poll-tested, sand-box of talking points. They take no real steps towards actual opposition because they are scared of what the media and Democrats will say about them. You can’t win the White House by simply denying the other team a chance to score, however. A “prevent defense” will always fail against an aggressive offense.

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) (R) speaks of his commitments at the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall with moderator Jose Antonio Vargas at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke of the criminal justice system in income inequality before being interrupted by demonstrators yelling 'Black Lives Matter' and challenging his record as mayor and governor.

Illegal Immigrant Moderates Democrat ‘Presidential Town-Hall’

Even in 2015, it would perhaps seem odd to have a foreign national moderate a discussion between two candidates for the U.S. Presidency. These are not fringe candidates, mind you, but statewide officeholders who have a plausible claim to be the nominee for the Democrat party. Journalist Vargas is an illegal immigrant.

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 Packs ‘Em in For Phoenix Event

The presence of so many leftist activists in town for the conference no doubt spiked attendance for Sanders speech. Its hard to imagine an aging hippy ticking through a list of left-wing policy issues attracting anyone but the most addicted political junkie. That said, Sanders’ draw and the overall combative tone of the NetRoots conference presents an emerging challenge for Democrat party regulars.

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Republican Voters Agree With Trump

More important for the candidate, though, is that almost 60 percent of Republicans admire his “guts.” When asked about Trump’s statement that illegal immigrants from Mexico are bringing drugs and crime into the country, 70 percent of Republican voters say he is “basically right.” Almost half of all voters, 44 percent, also agreed with Trump’s statement.

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Trust Becoming a Serious Problem for Hillary, Polls Show

Almost 60 percent of voters say that Hillary’s natural instinct is “hiding the truth.” Unsurprisingly, Republicans and Independents are more likely to hold this view, but 30 percent of self-identified Democrats also believe that Hillary has a troubled relationship with the truth.

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