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What’s the Deal With Trump?

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 8:04 am (UTC-5)
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“The polls have been nothing short of tremendous,” Trump told an overflow crowd at a convention center here on August 25. This was not one of his exaggerations.

Mass Legal Immigration will Finish Conservatism

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 2:02 pm (UTC-5)
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If the federal immigration program continues to operate at its current pace — about 1 million green cards issued per year — it will create nearly 15 million potential new voters over the next two decades, disproportionately liberal

Sorry, Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is No Nazi

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 12:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Is there any Republican candidate, including Trump, who is seriously proposing forcible mass deportations of illegal immigrants? The answer is no. And therein lies the secret even many of Trump’s most ardent supporters don’t even realize. While Trump speaks with a lot of bombast, his immigration plan is actually quite moderate

Why Not Donald Trump?

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 2:22 pm (UTC-5)
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It can’t be that he’s too much of a hard-right conservative — among other things, because he isn’t one, even if his immigration plan is extreme.

Trump Confounds – and Angers – High-Profile Conservatives

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-5)
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The drama from Donald Trump’s campaign continues, but instead of derailing the real estate mogul, it has only solidified his status as the clear front-runner in the race to win the party’s presidential nomination. Some Republicans are worrying that Trump, who has not only insulted Latinos with his controversial stance on immigration, but also threw a prominent Univision reporter out of a press conference, is ruining the Republican Party’s chance to claim the Oval Office.

American ‘Birthright’ Citizenship Re-examined

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside… ” So reads a key clause in the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. Republican presidential nominee contender Donald Trump has reignited a heated and emotional debate over so-called “birthright citizenship,” unleashing a new look at America’s immigration policy. The issue taps into what some say is the heart of what it means to be an American.

Sanders and Trump: Two Populist Peas in a Pod?

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 4:47 pm (UTC-5)
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A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government, and even the economic system. Only one in four Americans are satisfied with the way things are going.

A Misguided View of Immigrants

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 4:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Donald Trump’s immigration proposal — deporting the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants en masse, by force if necessary, then building a thousand mile wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to prevent their return — clearly caters to the unfounded fears of tea party conservatives regarding immigrants.

Donald Trump Is a Counterfeit Republican

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 10:48 am (UTC-5)
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He is an affront to anyone devoted to the project William F. Buckley began six decades ago with the founding in 1955 of the National Review — making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable.

Trump’s No Bully, He’s Cry Baby

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 8:39 am (UTC-5)
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It’s obvious that Trump had his bubble burst in the debate, but his post-debate temper tantrum now threatens to marginalize him even among staunch conservatives.

Rubio Wins the Main Event

Posted August 7th, 2015 at 9:51 am (UTC-5)
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Marco Rubio consistently gave strong and substantive answers that at times emphasized the compelling story of his family and at others demonstrated his depth of knowledge on the subject matter discussed…. If the debate had a winner, it was Rubio.

Is Trump The New Face of the Republican Party?

Posted August 6th, 2015 at 5:03 pm (UTC-5)
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The GOP is holding its first debate of candidates vying to be on the Republican ticket for next year’s presidential election. It’s a crowded and diverse field. Despite that, there are worries that with front-runner business mogul Donald Trump – given to offensive comments – onstage, there won’t be enough oxygen to go around.

Trump Courts Controversy, Becoming Republican Frontrunner

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 4:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican immigrants, a widely-respected American war hero and a high-profile senator: business mogul and Republican presidential nominee contender Donald Trump has unapologetically insulted them all. Meanwhile, his popularity has soared, putting Trump ahead of all other Republican 2016 hopefuls. What’s going on here? Some observers are calling for his head. Others are praising his political acumen.

Donald Trump Makes Bid for Republican Ticket

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 12:49 pm (UTC-5)
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In our continuing series on the 2016 American presidential hopefuls, we look at Donald Trump, a straight-talking, sometimes offensive, billionaire businessman. On the plus side, columnists point to Trump’s business acumen as critical to job creation. And the naysayers? “The Donald” is always entertaining, but not White House material.