TIME 2016 Campaign

Watch Donald Trump Try to Prove His Hair Is Real

The famous mane may be authentic

In response to frequent media references to his famous hair-do, presidential hopeful Donald Trump allowed a speech attendee to pet his hair on Thursday to prove that it is, indeed, real.

The leading 2016 GOP presidential candidate kicked off an event in Greenville, South Carolina by addressing a New York Times article in which a Latino broadcaster referred to Trump as “El hombre del peluquín,” which translates to “the man with the toupee,” according to Fox Carolina.

To debunk the claim, Trump invited a woman in the crowd on stage and proceeded to let her rub his head to see if it was real. When asked after her inspection whether or not she thought Trump’s mane was authentic, the woman responded “yes, I believe it is.”

Trump holds a commanding lead of the Republican presidential field with 28% of GOP voters’ support, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.


Donald Trump Will Report for Jury Duty

Donald Trump
Charlie Neibergall—AP Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

It's not the first time the Republican presidential candidate has been in court

Donald Trump is heading back to court.

But when he appears at a Manhattan courtroom on Aug. 17, he won’t be on either end of a lawsuit, CNN reports. Instead, he’ll be reporting for jury duty.

“Despite running for President and running a massive, multi-billion-dollar company, Mr. Trump will be at jury duty Monday,” Alan Garten, general counsel to the Trump Organization, told the New York Daily News on Friday. According to New York’s Jury Duty website, there are no exemptions for presidential candidates or multi-billionaires.

The courtroom appearance by Trump, who is no stranger to litigation, will make him one for six for fulfilling his jury duty summonses. A judge fined him $250 earlier this year for ignoring every summons for nearly a decade.


TIME 2016 Election

Ted Cruz Says GOP Rivals Are Masquerading as ‘Campaign Conservatives’

Ted Cruz
Andrew Harnik—AP Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, takes the stage for the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

"Have you noticed that they run as us! That’s how they run"

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned a conservative grassroots audience Saturday that many of his Republican rivals are faking conservative credentials in their bids to become the GOP nominee.

Speaking to the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the firebrand senator cast himself as the only true candidate in a race with people playing the part of “campaign conservatives.”

“I’m pretty sure not a single person in the debate stood up and said, ‘I am an establishment, moderate, squish. I stand for nothing,'” Cruz joked to laughs. “Have you noticed that they run as us! That’s how they run.”

“By the way,” he continued, “they say if you’re actually us, then you’re unelectable.”

Cruz’s message was greeted with rave applause by the audience of nearly 1,000, with multiple interruptions for raucous standing ovations and “Ted, Ted, Ted” chants. At one point he joined the crowd in applause of one of his own rejoinders.

“We’ve got to distinguish between campaign conservatives, who on the campaign trail suddenly discover they are the most conservative soul who has ever lived,” Cruz said, and those like himself.

Engaged in a war of words with his party’s establishment, Cruz assailed his party’s leaders in Congress, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner of “playing for the other side.” He went on to blast “the one party, the party of Washington, the McConnell/[Senate Minority Leader Harry] Reid leadership team.”

Cruz also criticized former Republican nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for calling on him to tone down his rhetoric on the Iran nuclear agreement, saying, “Truth is not rhetoric.”

TIME 2016 Campaign

FBI Investigating the Security of Clinton’s Email Storage

Former First Lady and Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami.
Uri Schanker—Getty Images Former First Lady and Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami.

The bureau is looking into the security of devices where private email was stored when Clinton was secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is looking into the security of devices on which Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email was stored when she was secretary of state, Clinton’s attorney said Wednesday.

“We are actively cooperating” with the investigation, attorney David Kendall said in a statement.

The Washington Post reported in Wednesday’s editions that the FBI has asked Kendall about the security of a thumb drive containing copies of Clinton’s work emails sent during her tenure as secretary of state, which is in his possession. The Post cited two anonymous government officials, who said that the FBI was not targeting Clinton.

On Wednesday, Kendall characterized the investigation as predictable, given that the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community alerted the Justice Department last month that information not marked classified — but which should have been — may have been included in email that went through Clinton’s home server. The referral to the Justice Department did not seek a criminal probe and did not specifically target Clinton.

“Quite predictably, after the ICIG made a referral to ensure that materials remain properly stored, the government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials,” Kendal said in his statement.

Clinton’s emails have been under scrutiny since The Associated Press revealed in March that she used a private “homebrew” server traced to her Chappaqua, New York, home while she was the top U.S. diplomat. Government and congressional investigators have been trying to determine whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email.

A spokesman for Clinton’s presidential campaign tweeted Tuesday that the Post story “doesn’t change anything … IG sent ask to DOJ to confirm emails are secure.”

“IG request was noncriminal & didnt accuse Clinton of wrongdoing,” spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted. “FBI is ‘not targeting her.'”

An FBI spokesman contacted Tuesday night by The Associated Press declined to comment.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner was asked last week whether the department would be “open” to having the FBI examine the thumb drive. “We’ve made sure that the documents at her lawyers’ are in a secure setting, but I’m not going to speak to what the FBI should or shouldn’t do,” Toner responded.

TIME 2016 Campaign

GOP Chief Says Biden Is More ‘Likable’ Than Hillary Clinton

Joe iden, Samantha PowerVice President Joe Biden talks with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power as they attend a meeting between President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Aug. 4, 2015.
Susan Walsh—AP Vice President Joe Biden talks with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power as they attend a meeting between President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Aug. 4, 2015.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Joe Biden is more "likable" than Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says that Vice President Joe Biden is more “likable” than Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Priebus told the “Today” show Wednesday that Biden would probably be a tougher opponent than Clinton.

He made the comments amid recent speculation that Biden will enter the race. Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a possible 2016 presidential run after largely putting aside such deliberations during his son’s illness and following his death earlier this year.

Priebus said that a lot of people like Biden, regardless of whether they agree with his politics.

He added that “likability is probably the No. 1 issue on the ballot.”

TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Just Gave Out His Own Cell Phone Number

You can't out-troll the Donald

After Gawker released Donald Trump’s cell phone number on Monday, the Republican presidential contender has countered by making his number public .

Dialing the phone at press time resulted in a busy signal, but others have recorded the number’s message which encourages listeners to follow Trump on twitter and visit his campaign website.

The candidate’s tweet is the latest in a saga of phone number disclosures involving Trump. In July, Trump released fellow Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham’s phone number. “I don’t know, give it a shot,” Trump told supporters during a campaign speech that was released on video.

Graham later produced a video that showed the senator destroying his cell phone in multiple different ways.

TIME 2016 Election

Beau Biden’s Dying Wish Was for His Dad to Run for President, Report Says

Beau Biden, Joe Biden
Charles Dharapak—AP At the time of the photo, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, embraces his son Beau on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 27, 2008.

Joe Biden is reportedly considering running in 2016

Vice President Joe Biden’s late son Beau told his father to run for president before he died, according to a report.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in her weekend column entitled “Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?,” describes, in great detail, a conversation that Beau had with his father before dying, urging his father to run for president rather than letting the office fall to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Joseph “Beau” Biden III died of brain cancer at the end of May. Dowd’s source for the anecdote is not clear from the column.

Vice President Biden has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss the possibility of a run, according to Dowd.

TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Promises to be ‘Nice’ at GOP Debate

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Scott Heppell—AP Presidential contender Donald Trump looks on at the 16th green on the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland on July 30, 2015.

"It is certainly my intention to be very nice & highly respectful of the other candidates," Trump tweeted Thursday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promises he’ll play nice at next week’s debate. The business mogul tweeted Thursday that he is looking forward to the debate that will feature the 10 candidates with the highest average across national polls. The latest Quinnipiac poll showed Trump leading the pack among Republican presidential contenders.

Though Trump promises to keep things civil, as TIME’s Zeke Miller and Philip Elliott reported Thursday, Republican campaigns are mulling what tactics they’ll deploy when their candidates face off against the bombastic businessman next Thursday.

“It’s drilling down and getting into specifics of policy,” one strategist told them. “You can show that not only the emperor has no clothes—the candidate has no answers.”

Read more about how Republicans are preparing here.


TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Surges in Latest Republican Polls

The real estate mogul is beating his rivals despite criticism from his rivals

Donald Trump is leading the pack among candidates for the 2016 Republican Party nomination in the latest batch of polls.

A CNN Poll on Sunday showed Trump leading with 18% support among Republicans. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was second at 15%; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rounded out the top three at 10%. Trump’s ratings in the poll have surged 6 points in the last month, while his rivals have remained relatively steady.

And while the poll is by no means a reflection of who will take the Republican Party nomination in 2016, it suggests Republicans are excited by a Trump candidacy. Fifty-two percent of Republicans want to see Trump continue his run and 42% of Republicans currently backing another candidate want Trump to remain in the field.

CNN’s survey is in line with an NBC poll of New Hampshire voters, also released Sunday, showed Trump holding 21% of Republican support, with Bush trailing at 14% and Walker at 12%.

In an NBC poll of Iowa Republican voters, Walker is leading the pack at 19%, with trump narrowly behind at 17%. Bush follows them at 12%, then Ben Carson at 8%, Mike Huckabee at 7%, and Rand Paul at 5%.

And yet another poll from YouGov goes further, showing Republican support for Trump at 28%.

Trump’s surge came after a week of strong, united Republican rebuke on the candidate’s controversial comments on Sen. John McCain’s service and suggesting the Vietnam War veteran was “not a war hero.”

“A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president,” Trump wrote in USA Today. “I do not need to be lectured by any of them.”

Read next: How Donald Trump Became Donald Trump

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TIME 2016 Campaign

Jeb Calls For ‘Disrupting’ Government

Jeb Bush
John Locher—AP Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Maverick PAC conference in Las Vegas on July 17, 2015.

His ideas: veto spending bills, cut government workers, restrict lobbying

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pledged to challenge the ways of “Mount Washington” Monday, highlighting his record in Tallahassee and how he hopes to “disrupt” the federal government by challenging a “culture of spending.”

“The overspending, the overreaching, the arrogance, and the sheer incompetence in that city – these problems have been with us so long that they are sometimes accepted as facts of life,” Bush said of Washington, D.C. “But a president should never accept them, and I will not. We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation’s capital – and I mean to do it.”

In remarks outlining a portion of his domestic policy agenda, Bush reiterated his call for sustained 4 percent annual economic growth and hinted at forthcoming tax policy and entitlement reform proposals.

“The ultimate disruption of Washington is to reject, as I do, the whole idea of a government forever growing more, borrowing more, and spending more – beyond anyone’s ability to control or even comprehend,’ he said.

Bush embraced a federal Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to limit government spending, and said he supported efforts by House Ways and Means Committee Paul Ryan to give presidents a line-item veto over expenditures. “It’s time to revive Veto Corleone,” referencing the nickname he earned in Florida for cutting down spending bills.

Bush suggested a “three out, one in” rule for federal workers in a bid to cut government payrolls, with exceptions for national security jobs. “This policy can, on its own, reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy by 10 percent within 5 years,” he stated.

Calling for broad reforms to civil service laws, Bush said he wants to bring federal pay in line with private sector pay, eliminate across-the-board raises for workers, while making it easier to fire under-performers.

Highlighting lobbying reforms he signed in Florida, Bush said he hoped to sign similar legislation in Washington, saying the definition of “lobbyist” should be expanded to those who work as ‘government relations’ and ‘government affairs’ specialists, and that their meetings with lawmakers should be publicly disclosed online.

Bush also endorsed an extension of a ban on lobbying by former members of the House and Senate to six years, while saying he would support legislation tying lawmaker pay to their voting attendance — a veiled swipe at the Senators running for the White House who have missed votes on the campaign trail.

“A bill to dock the pay of absentee members might not pass the House or Senate,” Bush said, “but at least it would get them all there for a vote.”

Bush has long had government largess in his sights. In his second inaugural address in 2003, he rhapsodized about his dream of gutting government. “There would be no greater tribute to our maturity as a society,” he declared on the steps of the state capitol, “than if we can make these buildings around us empty of workers–silent monuments to the time when government played a larger role than it deserved or could adequately fill.”

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