More than a few things Donald Trump has totally changed his mind about

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia.

(CNN)Donald Trump has built a political brand on his willingness to say just about anything that comes to mind at a given moment — relying, he says, on his “gut.” Sometimes that means contradicting himself on fairly basic ideas and sentiments, like as recently as Tuesday about whether or not crying babies are fun to be around (Hint: less so over time).

The Republican nominee has no monopoly on broader policy reversals — though he has certainly adjusted his positions as much as anyone — but it is his remarkable agility to pivot in really tight spaces that continues to stun and frustrate opponents.

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Why Clinton Is Talking About Trump’s Temperament, Not His Tax Plans

Policy is so 2012.

In Donald Trump’s view of the election, it’s all about which candidate should be trusted with the nuclear codes and which should be thrown in jail.

Trump’s character assaults on Hillary Clinton may be his only speed when campaigning, but for Clinton and her allies, the decision is more strategic.

Zeroing in on Trump’s temperament, as Clinton has done, not only polls well but makes it easier for Democrats to play in the ideological center without compromising on policy.

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First Read: GOP, Trump Go From ‘Unraveling’ to ‘Break Glass’ Mode

First Read: GOP, Trump Go From 'Unraveling' to 'Break Glass' Mode


GOP, Trump go from ‘unraveling’ to ‘break glass’ mode

Yesterday morning, we wrote that Donald Trump’s campaign seemed like it was unraveling over his inexplicable clash with the Khan family. Twenty-four hours later, the word “unraveling” seems like an understatement. Take a look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours:

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Warren Buffett Challenges Trump to Release Taxes

OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett eviscerated Donald Trump before introducing Hillary Clinton at a rally here Monday afternoon, challenging him to release his tax returns and invoking McCarthyism over the Republican nominee’s feud with the Khan family.

“How in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who’ve lost a son and talked about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?” Buffett said before channeling Joseph Welch’s question during the 1954 McCarthy hearings.

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Did Trump go too far?

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s criticism about the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has generated — once again — a backlash within his own party.

Just 100 days from the election, Trump has responded in his standard fashion — dig in, claim he’s being treated unfairly and attack back.
But the swift condemnation of Trump’s response raises questions about whether this controversy is different from the ones that came before it.

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Michelle Obama’s DNC speech made Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination feel personal

After a day of boos, protests, and raucousness on day one of the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama gave arguably the best, most resonant speech of the day. She really seemed to calm the crowd down, bringing a little unity to the fraught convention floor.

She also did something else that was important for Democratic unity. She reminded everyone what a big, historic deal Hillary Clinton’s campaign is — and she did it in a way that felt authentic and relatable.

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