Category: News Tracking

American Presidential Elections Used to Be ‘Manliness’ Competitions. What Happened?

Paul Waldman, The Week – July 31, 2015

Isn’t it long past time we figured out which presidential candidate can do the most pull-ups? The answer seems obvious, at least to Rick Perry, still hale and hearty at 65. When asked about the way Donald Trump had insulted his intelligence (“He put glasses on so people will think he’s smart. It just doesn’t work”), Perry responded, “Let’s get a pull-up bar out there and see who can do more pull-ups.”

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Is the GOP Setting Itself Up for a War on Women II?

Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan – July 30, 2015

As the presidential primaries approach, the biggest battleground may not be Iowa or New Hampshire, but women’s bodies and reproductive rights. Republican presidential candidates are taking loud and aggressive anti-abortion positions, and that’s giving some women’s rights advocates flashbacks to four years ago.

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Carly Fiorina’s Uphill Battle

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, New York Times (Women in the World) – July 30, 2015

Carly Fiorina has little if any chance of becoming the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, let alone America’s next president, but she seems undeterred, and labors on tirelessly, making the obligatory pit stops in key states, delivering painstaking policy speeches at places like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and holding telephonic town-hall meetings with call-ins from citizens who embrace her conservative views.

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Rick Perry Says He Likes Carly Fiorina as a Potential Veep

Adam Edelman, New York Daily News – July 30, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested Thursday that he could put Carly Fiorina on his 2016 ticket if he were he to win his party’s presidential nomination. “I’ll tell you from my perspective one of the people who I’ve dealt with over the course of the years that possibly may be on that stage with me, Carly Fiorina,” Perry said on Fox Business Network of the former tech executive and current presidential competitor.

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Carly Fiorina Talks Paid Leave, Privilege, and the Presidency

Mattie Kahn, Elle – July 30, 2015

When Carly Fiorina outlines her vision for America, the presidential candidate uses a language in which she is fluent. She talks about “potential” and “entrepreneurship.” She calls for ambition and “performance.” She wants to see results. And she is determined to convince voters she knows how to get them. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and only Republican woman in the race means business.

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Meet Hope Hicks: The Woman Behind Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Elise Vieback, The Sydney Morning Herald – July 29, 2015

The only young woman in Donald Trump’s inner political circle sits about a metre away from him on his private jet, head down, working on a laptop. This is the eye of the storm, and this is Hope Hicks: Trump’s media handler, corporate aide and the figure responsible for executing the details of the most surprising and divisive political rise in recent memory.

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Donald Trump Says He’d Tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet Post

Adam Lerner, Politico – July 28, 2015

Donald Trump has succeeded in alienating many of his fellow Republicans with his personal attacks, but if he does win in November 2016 and is forced to assemble a cabinet of GOP allies, he knows exactly whom he would call on: Sarah Palin.

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Trump Distances Himself from Top Aide’s Rape Comment

Jeremy Diamond, CNN – July 28, 2015

Donald Trump distanced himself Tuesday from comments one of his top advisers made in an explosive interview while defending the Republican presidential candidate from a decades-old rape accusation.

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