Much of the media coverage of Donald Trump has been as a phenomenon more than a presidential candidate. But there are signs that's changing, and it could present a new challenge for the early Republican front-runner.
Last week, the American media appeared to accept a prospect that, for weeks, seemed too fantastical even to consider:
Donald Trump is a serious candidate for president.
It has been coming gradually, as Mr. Trump has continued to sit atop opinion polls despite attacks on undocumented immigrants, female news anchors, and honored American veterans.
Trump, it seems, was not made of Teflon, but chain mail.
So now the mainstream media are starting to take him seriously. The Washington Post treated his rally in Mobile, Ala., Friday not as the latest episode of "The Apprentice: Presidential Edition," but as a serious piece of political strategy. The New York Times ran an article titled, "Why Donald Trump Won't Fold." read more
Since announcing his campaign in late June, Donald Trump has quickly leapt to the top of the Republican field, leading recent polls nationally, in Iowa and in New Hampshire. And now, for the first time in CNN/ORC polling, his gains among the Republican Party have boosted him enough to be competitive in the general election. The poll finds Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by just 6 points, a dramatic tightening since July. He trailed Clinton by 16 points in a July poll, and narrowed that gap by boosting his standing among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (from 67% support in July to 79% now), men (from 46% in July to 53% now) and white voters (from 50% to 55%). read more
Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."
The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens' constitutionally protected privacy rights.
"There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush said. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."
Bush also said the U.S. should send more troops -- he didn't say how many -- and equipment to eastern European nations in response to Russia's increasingly aggressive posture in the region. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin should know that his "adventurism" comes with "a price to pay." read more
Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor: Is Donald Trump the next Ronald Reagan? The comparison is flattering to their guy, of course: Reagan was a two-term president and giant of the Republican Party. Juxtaposing the two is a way of portraying Trump as serious, as opposed to a rich guy starring in a reality show of his own devising. And there are obvious parallels. Reagan was an actor. So is Trump, given his television experience. Reagan began his political career as a liberal. So did Trump: He's given lots of money to Democrats in the past. In the 1980 primaries, Reagan was not the candidate of the establishment insiders. In this go-round, Trump isn't either, to put it mildly. They've even got marital status in common. Reagan was the first divorced president ... Trump's been divorced twice. ... But Trump, the next Reagan? We're not seeing it ... read more
Senator Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said Thursday night that he would oppose President Obama's deal to limit Iran's nuclear program. "Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed," Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in a lengthy statement. "This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval."