Neither Jeb Bush nor Marco Rubio is comfortable attacking the other. But this is apparently what happens when friends run against each other for president. The question now is whether the battle will intensify. Via The New York Times.
Rubio may have won the debate exchange over his personal finances, but the issue is real and it isn’t going away. Via The New Yorker.
The betting market and the pundits are all enamored of Rubio’s chances to win the Republican nomination, but Norm Ornstein shows that his path is a lot harder than you might guess. Via The Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a Democrat. Is that worse than liar? Via Politico.
Rand Paul begins his faux-filibuster on the Senate floor, The National Review reports, and then ends it 20 minutes later. So there’s that.
The Ben Carson paradox: The same slow, calm, unflappable demeanor that wins him supporters loses debates. Does it matter. Via The New Republic.
As the Syria talks resume, the next fight seems to be between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose proxies are both at work there. Via The New York Times.
Paul Ryan admits that the House is “broken,” but The Washington Post’s Fix says there’s little reason to believe he can fix it. The Fix offers four reasons why.
Krauthammer: The Republican Congress should give up on its failed string of investigations if it wants a Republican to win the presidency. Via The Washington Post.
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