Trump: ‘I Swear’ My Hair Is Not a Toupee

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Capital Journal Daybreak: Trump’s Insults Rattle Rivals, Please Fans.

Speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought a woman on stage in an effort to prove once and for all that he doesn’t wear a toupee.Wide-open nominating contests don’t happen every day, and the state’s high-stakes primary offers them a chance to hitch their political fortunes to a rising star, the earlier the better if they’ve made up their minds. After reading part of a story found in The New York Times in which a Los Angeles radio host labeled him the “man of the toupee,” Trump replied, “I don’t wear a toupee. Few believe their senior senator has a real shot at being that nominee, but his operation has worked hard to lock down support in the state, and few Republicans are eager to show their disloyalty by endorsing another candidate too soon. “A lot of the folks who are ready to pick a candidate even at this early stage want to honor Lindsey,” said former Gov.

Meanwhile, numerous presidential candidates, including top names like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, are trolling for endorsements in the Palmetto State’s wide-open primary. Trump’s insults, sometimes mocking his rivals by mimicking them, is startling even to those who have grown accustomed to the sometimes low levels of civility in politics today. No one is eager to say that they want to endorse a candidate other than Graham, though many say that their friends want to. “It is a precarious situation for people,” said Greenville-based GOP strategist Chip Felkel. “Whether he was ever going to become the Republican nominee or not, he’s still going to be a sitting United States senator.” “South Carolina is like Iowa and New Hampshire. Trump went too far in his feud with anchor Megyn Kelly over her questioning at the GOP debate in Cleveland this month. “Bully isn’t a word I would use for him because I know him, but I can see how he would be perceived that way,” said Kate Bohner, co-author of his 1997 book, “Trump: The Art of the Comeback.” “Donald Trump is trying to brand himself with the principle of authenticity,” she said. “People in the U.S. are hungry for authenticity. The ask is made even more difficult by the fact that Graham is languishing in both local and national polls and the widespread suspicion in local Republican circles that the senator is not running to win but to secure himself a Cabinet position.

It’s the phenomenon illustrated by movies like “Mean Girls” and “Heathers.”” So while other candidates are polishing their stump speeches, talking points and answers to earnest town-hall questions, Mr. Vice President Joe Biden‘s deliberations over whether to enter the 2016 presidential race are increasingly becoming entwined with his official White House duties, underscoring the benefits of being second in command for the potential candidate. Trump’s zingers are the political equivalent of a killer backhand. “To a political professional, it looks like one of the most uncoordinated tennis players hitting line shots every time, every single time. INSURERS WIN BIG HEALTH-RATE INCREASES: At a July town hall in Nashville, Tenn., President Barack Obama played down fears of a spike in health insurance premiums in his signature health law’s third year, saying Tennesseans had to work to ensure the state’s insurance commissioner “does their job in not just passively reviewing the rates, but really asking, ‘OK, what is it that you are looking for here?

Johnson has not received any blowback from Graham’s camp, but he said he often receives private assurances from other South Carolina Republicans that they are secretly pulling for Rubio. Trump how to fine-tune his barbs so they land with maximum effect. “Even though it sounds like they’re off the cuff, it’s calculated,” said Mr. Biden plans to meet with American Jewish leaders next week in Florida to make the case for the Iran nuclear deal, with hopes of winning support from a key lawmaker who remains undecided. IN OPINIONS ON IRAN DEAL, DEMOCRATS DON ’T LACK FOR WORDS: At roughly 1,000 words, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s Sunday announcement that he would support the nuclear accord with Iran was the blunt Nevada Democrat’s longest statement of the year.

But his critics say he is debasing the political discourse in an unprecedented fashion, taking negative campaigning and anger-driven populism to an extreme. “He shouldn’t be let near a Twitter account, let alone nuclear weapons.” said Peter Wehner, a senior White House adviser to George W. Even for loquacious lawmakers, the unusual length and detail of their formal announcements on the Iran deal reflect a desire among Democrats to publicly chronicle a wrenching decision-making process. The lower he goes, the uglier he gets, the louder they cheer.” A veteran who took part in a focus group of Trump supporters organized by GOP pollster Frank Luntz in northern Virginia last week said that when the candidate talks, “it may not be presented in a pristine, PC way, but we’ve been having that crap pushed to us for the past 40 years.” Mr. TV SHOOTING CLAIMS LIVES OF REPORTER, CAMERAMAN: A live televised shooting Wednesday of a reporter and her cameraman, followed by the suspect’s decision to post a video he recorded of the killings online as he fled police, marked a new and disturbing convergence of gun violence and social media. The shooting occurred as reporter Alison Parker, 24 years old, and her videographer, Adam Ward, 27, were interviewing Vicki Gardner, a local chamber of commerce official in Hardy, Va.

A Pentagon investigative office is examining an allegation that the U.S. military may have distorted intelligence data to cast a positive light on the war against Islamic State extremists, according to officials familiar with the probe. Plus, a fugitive British hacker who had become one of Islamic State’s top online terrorist recruiters was killed by a U.S. drone strike near Raqqa, Syria on Tuesday. President Obama will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans with a speech Thursday afternoon that will call the storm, in part, a “manmade” disaster. China’s slowdown and the accompanying slump in commodity prices are exposing structural weaknesses emerging markets have neglected for too long, Greg Ip writes. Business groups that feared a new federal rule would speed hundreds of union-organizing elections were right: The average election time has fallen by 40% since the rule took effect in April.

Trump bragged about the South Carolina poll, the senator’s response on CNN sounded like he was daring a bully to meet him after class. “Come to South Carolina, and I’ll beat his brains out,” Mr. Hillary Clinton has often dismissed questions over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, suggesting last week that it’s only reporters who care about the matter.

Chris Christie’s bid for president is going up with a national ad buy on Fox News on Thursday, another sign of the early spending outside groups are making on television in this campaign cycle. A surge in neo-Nazi violence is turning into a stumbling block for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as it struggles to accommodate an increasing flow of migrants from the Middle East and Balkans. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces the growing challenge of warding off the disintegration of his Syriza party even before a September election is called officially. The Swedish coast guard found 50 bodies in the hold of a migrants’ boat during a rescue operation off the Libyan coast, according to Italian authorities, the latest victims in what has become the deadliest migrant route in the world. It’s not just the markets: China will be in the news all fall with a visit to Washington by President Xi Jinping and the global climate-change meeting in Paris on the calendar.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS: An international contingent of central bankers will converge on Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference. Their words will be parsed for clues about the next monetary policy moves around the globe…The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product at 8:30 a.m. … The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. … The National Association of Realtors releases the pending home sales index for July at 10 a.m. In a broad appraisal of President Obama’s foreign policy, Gideon Rose in Foreign Affairs writes: “There have been errors, wild pitches, and lost opportunities. FEEDBACK: The Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter is The Wall Street Journal’s morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

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