Back to the USSR: Donald Trump evokes Cold War to boost campaign

Republican candidate for President Donald Trump holds a campaign event at the Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University on Monday,August 15 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Washington (CNN)The Cold War is suddenly back as a hot topic in American politics.

A quarter-century after the fall of the Soviet Union handed the United States victory in a titanic ideological duel, the era’s mythology is echoing through a presidential election taking place in a new age of fear and threats.

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Donald Trump: We are making a big move for Connecticut

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut – Near the end of Donald Trump’s speech on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, loud claps of thunder boomed throughout the gymnasium. Many in the crowd – 5,000 strong – blanched. Trump, already speaking for more than hour, continued undeterred. He didn’t seem to notice. It was an apt metaphor for the Trump candidacy.

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Trump ‘Second Amendment’ Comment Seen as Veiled Threat Against Clinton

Donald Trump’s comments Tuesday suggesting that “2nd Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial nominations sparked outrage from opponents — but the campaign defended the remarks by arguing that Trump was referring to the group’s considerable political power.

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Paul Ryan Faces Off With Paul Nehlen as Wisconsin Votes in Primary

What should have been a fairly routine primary challenge for House Speaker Paul Ryan has now become a symbol of Republican Party problems: A fight pitting the establishment against GOP rebels, and their controversial presidential nominee against Washington leadership.

Before last week, few people even knew — or cared — that Ryan’s primary for re-election was approaching. But when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he wasn’t ready to endorse Ryan and then praised his Republican challenger, Paul Nehlen, the political spotlight shined directly on Tuesday’s contest.

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20 absurd headlines from Trump’s week

(CNN)In most campaign seasons, the days following the conventions are counted on to provide a bit of a breather ahead of the sprint to Election Day. But 2016 is a different beast — and Donald Trump a unique candidate. This past week delivered a volume of political attacks, zingers, morality plays and controversies unseen in modern politics.

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Trump says Putin is ‘not going to go into Ukraine,’ despite Crimea

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.

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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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