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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are we seeing a kinder, gentler Donald?

Wednesday night’s CNN Republican debate drew nearly 23 million viewers. Plus, Fiorina won on stage and with the pundits; No more “Happy Hour” debates?; John Kasich is this year’s Jon Huntsman, and, Is this a new, kinder, gentler Donald?

Trump: Illegals are Treated Better than Veterans

Melanie Hunter, CNS News

“We’re gonna take this system apart, and if they’re not doing the job, the veterans are going to go to private doctors, private hospitals, public hospitals, and we’re gonna reimburse those doctors and those hospitals, and you’re gonna get the greatest service of any veterans in any country, because you deserve it,” Trump said during a rally aboard the USS Iowa in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

CNN Republican Presidential Debate – Carly Fiorina schools the men

A great, substantive debate on Wednesday night that won't change the dynamic in the race. Plus, in foreign policy, there are few real differences between the candidates; For a debate hosted by liberals, subject-matter was fair game; Trump’s biggest selling point: Trust me. Carson’s biggest argument: intellect prevails; Jeb showed more energy, but he’s the same old Bush, and, Conclusion – Not much change, even as Fiorina stands out.

Is Jeb tough enough to survive Trump?

Alex Isenstadt and Glenn Thrush, Politico

Reconciling Bush’s courtly diffidence with the grubby demands of the 2016 debate stage won’t be easy. Trump is the most proficient onstage heckler in the business – with an eye for tweaking his patrician foil – but Bush must throw his elbows carefully or risk his reputation as an even-tempered grown-up.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Preview of tonight’s CNN GOP presidential debate

Another poll shows Trump and Carson way out in front -- how will they react in tonight's debate? Plus, Even Floridians aren’t wild about Jeb!; Because of Trump, people demand more; The latest Romney to the rescue story, and, Obama won’t be tuning in to the debate.

People like Trump because he fights!

Erick Erickson, RedState

Ask Donald Trump supporters why they support him and the answer typically is reduced to “He fights!” It’s become both a rallying cry for Trump supporters and a source of derision for those who oppose him. But the fact is, Republican leaders don’t fight.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Donald Trump leads in polls but still takes a Thump-o

New national poll shows Trump and Carson widening their lead. Plus, Trump changes the rules mid-game… Romney to the establishment’s rescue?; Why Ben Carson apologized to Donald Trump; Walker retreats to familiar ground – busting unions, and, “El Trumpo Takes a Thumpo.”

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Fiorina deflects Trump’s “face” punch

Rick Perry the first to quit. Plus, Trump brands Carson with the “low energy” charge; Fiorina deflects Trump’s “face” punch; Weathervane Scott Walker still shifting with the wind; Kasich sides with cowardly GOP leadership on Planned Parenthood, and, Is Huckabee the most known, liked and trusted candidate?

Cruz, Paul: Insiders Running in an Outsiders' Game

Caitlin Huey-Burns & James Arkin, Real Clear Politics

The fight over the Iran nuclear deal, plus upcoming battles over Planned Parenthood and funding the federal government, set a stage for Cruz and Paul to try to show they can disrupt Washington from the inside. They will use that stage to contrast themselves with Trump and the other outsiders to make the case to primary voters that they are already tested.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Glimpsing the darker side of Huck

New CNN poll confirms big lead for Trump and Carson. Plus, You knew it was coming -- Trump counter-punches Carson; Trump downplays his jab at Fiorina’s “face”; Carson goes on vacation, rises in the polls; Glimpsing the darker side of Huck, and, Cruz fights alone to defund Planned Parenthood.

Trump, Cruz fire up crowd at Iran Deal Protest

James Arkin, Real Clear Politics

Ted Cruz called the Iran nuclear deal “catastrophic.” Donald Trump called America’s leaders “stupid.” Thousands of supporters cheered, braving scorching late-summer heat to rally against the Iran deal on the front lawn of Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Jeb! does late night TV, isn’t funny

The Donald issues a challenge to CNN. Plus, Huck-ster denies Cruz a share of the limelight in Kentucky; Is Ted Cruz trying to poach Trump supporters?; Ben Carson answers Trump on immigration, creating jobs, and, Jeb! does late night TV, isn’t funny.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Is Ben Carson being ignored by pollsters?

Who's "in" and who's "out" in the 2016 GOP presidential race. Plus, Fiorina tells Trump to fight Hillary; Donald Trump and the Twitter presidency; Is Ben Carson being ignored by pollsters?, and, The summer of Trump completely reworked the campaign.

New polls: Trump can’t lose and Hillary can’t win

streiff, RedState

If the SurveyUSA poll is to be believed, Trump is succeeding in putting together a credible political presence in the black, Hispanic, and Asian communities, something that eluded both McCain and Romney. Why the GOP wouldn’t try to find out what he’s doing right is beyond me. But unless this idiocy stops the GOP will have thrown away a gimme election.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Game on, GOP candidates

Donald Trump now tops Democrats in head-to-head matches. Plus, Has Mike Huckabee finally found his break?; Does The Donald need to cut into Carson?; Fiorina hammers Hillary, sticks to her message; Cruz takes on local issue to make a larger point, and, The only thing “inevitable” about Jeb is a painful loss.

Third Party bid lingers as threat to both parties

Kevin Cirilli, The Hill

Donald Trump may have signed the loyalty pledge, but the conditions still appear ripe for a candidate to launch a bid from outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, with voters showing a deep dissatisfaction with Washington and relative outsiders dominating the crowded GOP field.

Three strategies for Trump’s rivals

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Every Republican running for the White House has had to contend with Trump in some way, but there seem to be three broad strategies the other 16 major candidates are pursuing in a race that has so far defied conventional political logic.

Trump now beating Jeb, Rubio and Walker head-to-head nationally

Allahpundit, Hot Air

According to a PPP poll, Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio by eight when voters are forced to choose between them and Scott Walker by 14. As for Jeb Bush, the margin is 25 points, 59 for Trump, 34 for Bush.

Super Bowl: CNN charging 40 times normal rates for GOP debate

Curt Mills, Washington Examiner

The network is asking for as much as $200,000 for a 30-second slot in the debate's commercial schedule. That's up from the normal $5,000 per slot. The rate hike is likely the result of an expected viewership surge caused mostly by the phenomenon of Donald Trump's candidacy.