Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking all the rules of politics and throwing them out the window. In an interview with TIME this week, he defended looking to the news for his military advice, fired off at his GOP rivals, and claimed Washington is dominated by “fakes” and “phonies.” TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer pens the cover story this week on what Trump’s rise means for America. Deal with it.
Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush engaged in a war of words in dueling town halls 15 miles apart in New Hampshire Wednesday night. Bush repeatedly defended his record as a conservative governor, but the Trump show—and crowds—are keeping his message from getting out.
Hillary Clinton’s email troubles continue to haunt her in the polls, with new swing state surveys showing problems in the states she needs to win to take the White House. Rand Paul looks to recreate his father’s coalition. And Martin O’Malley declines to criticize Clinton on her server.
Here are your must-reads:
The Donald Has Landed
What his rise means for America [TIME]
Donald Trump Explains All
The GOP front-runner opens up to TIME about why he’s running and his 2016 rivals.
Bush and Trump Face Off in N.H. — and The Donald is Winning
A Granite State duel [Washington Post]
Hillary Clinton’s Stalled Bandwagon Exposes a Deeper Problem for Democrats
It’s her and no one else, TIME’s David Von Drehle writes
Momentum Slipping Away in Iowa, Scott Walker Adopts a Trump-Like Stance
Walker looks to reset his campaign [New York Times]
“I get my views from the media. A lot of the views, and frankly other people do. And the views that you will see during those ten or fifteen minute segments or during reading the story are not a lot different than Jeb sitting around with a policy group, if he really has such a thing.” — Donald Trump to TIME
“Mr. Trump doesn’t have a proven conservative record. He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican.”— Jeb Bush at a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday
Bits and Bites
Little-known Colombian Band Mystified by Obama Playlist Spot [Associated Press]
Rand Paul, Amid Setbacks, Looks to the Ron Paul Playbook [Wall Street Journal]
Bush, Kasich Find Some Common Ground on Common Core [Wall Street Journal]