Daily Clips: August 28th, 2015

How are the 2016 candidates getting their money? NPR takes an in-depth look into the donation patterns of different candidates. From their beautiful infographic, one can easily see that some candidates, like Cruz and Rubio, rely heavily on their superPACs while others “like Sanders, O’Malley, and Carson are dependent on their campaigns, which limit contributions to $2,700.”

Below, I’ve taken a little snapshot of the infographic, specifically looking at Jeb!, Hillary, and Ted’s donations.

I'm actually stunned at how much big money the Cruz campaign has been able to gather.

I’m actually stunned at how much big money the Cruz campaign has been able to gather.

The GOP is stuck in the first stage of grief: The GOP establishment is in denial over Trump’s candidacy. This is the message of Matthew Yglesias and Eugene Robinson‘s latest columns. They both independently conclude that the establishment dismiss the rise of Trump at their own peril.

Yglesias looks globally to explain Trump’s candidacy, pointing to the recent rise of populist-right parties in the Western world. He argues that Trump’s campaign looks very similar to “UKIP,  the Danish People’s party, the Sweden Democrats, the National Front, the True Finns — [parties which] emphasize nationalist themes and hostility to immigration while offering a mixed bag on the welfare state.” Sound familiar?

My god, Republicans love war: And Scott Walker is perhaps the most gung-ho of them all. If Walker is elected president he’s promised to defeat ISIS, defeat Iran, and defeat defeat radical Islam…blah, blah, blah. In Manichaean language, Walker says:

Yes, the world is complex, but some things are simple: There is good and there is evil. America is a force for good in the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are agents of pure evil.

In essence, he’s taking a page out of George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Because we all know how well that turned out.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.