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McManus: Authenticity a bad measure of leadership

Joe Biden has it, and so does Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump and Ben Carson have it too — at least, they seem to. But Hillary Rodham Clinton strains to achieve it. And Jeb Bush? He doesn’t seem to want to try. The elusive quality is authenticity, and it’s become a preoccupation of the 2016 presidential campaign. Can candidates convince voters — amid all the noise and artifice of politics — that they are real people underneath, with character and convictions?


Today’s fun video: Testing Trump on dogs

Jimmy Kimmel last night played Donald Trump’s order to a journalist to “sit down” for dogs. The video results are inside.


Trump won’t commit to sticking with GOP in first Republican debate

CLEVELAND — Setting a combative tone, billionaire businessman Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight in the first Republican presidential debate, declaring he would not commit to supporting the party’s eventual nominee and would not rule out running as a third-party candidate.


Biden still considering White House bid

Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son’s illness and following his death earlier this year.


Trump, who avoided Vietnam, mocks McCain for being prisoner of war

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain’s military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party’s 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a “war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”


3 legislators back Walker; video mocks him

OLYMPIA — Three GOP legislators, including Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner, are backing the newest Republican in the presidential race. A new video, meantime, definitely does not. Details inside


Kathleen Parker: Sanders, Trump entertaining, but appeal won’t last

WASHINGTON – Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don’t mean Miss Universes.


Kathleen Parker: See Jenner buzz for what it is

Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.


Former Maryland governor challenges Clinton for Democratic nomination

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.


As hopefuls campaign in New Hampshire, Paul slams GOP rivals’ foreign policy positions

NASHUA, N.H. — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field.



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