Wiretap: Majority of GOP primary voters support Trump’s Muslim ban

Donald Trump has proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Some in the Republican establishment are hoping this will be the end of his campaign, but polling shows most Republican primary voters support the ban. Art: Khalid Albaih, Creative Commons, Flickr

Ban effects

The Republican establishment is hoping that Trump’s proposed Muslim ban is the issue that finally allows the field to gain some traction against Trump. Of course, says The Washington Examiner, they’ve been hoping for that after every Trump controversy. And then there’s this: According to an online Purple Strategies poll, writes Bloomberg, two-thirds of likely GOP primary voters back Trump’s plan and one-third say it makes them more likely to vote for him.

Big winner

Time got it right: Angela Merkel should be the person of the year, not Donald Trump. Via Vox.

Strategic chaos

If you look closely at the Trump campaign, you’ll find method in the madness. According to a very close look from The Washington Post, it’s not chaos. It’s strategy.

Snowball fight

And now they’re throwing snowballs in the gun-control debate. Adam Gopnik identifies six of them. Via The New Yorker.

Carrying regrets

Why Wendy Davis caved on open carry when she unsuccessfully ran for governor of Texas. And why she regrets it now. Via Politico.

Wealthy guy

When Marco Rubio says his money problems are just like yours, that’s not exactly true — unless, like Rubio, you were making more than $300,000 by the time you were 35 years old. Via The National Journal.

Unaffirmative action

All indications from the Supreme Court hearing Wednesday is that affirmative action is in trouble. And not only because Antonin Scalia drew gasps when he said minority students with inferior academic credentials may be better off at “a less advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.” Via The New York Times.

Online dating

The FBI says that Syed Farook was discussing jihad and martyrdom online with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, before they were married and before she came to America from Saudi Arabia. Via The New York Times.

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