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Dirty Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush in Republican presidential nomination race.

Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released today, edging rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial statements. Ted Cruz showed during Sunday’s rare Senate session that a few choice words — in this case, calling his party leader a liar — can be a potent tool in raising his campaign profile for president. Trump’s support among Republicans increased six percentage points since late June despite a flood of rebukes of Trump after he said McCain, a former Navy pilot who was tortured during more than five years in captivity during the Vietnam War, was not a war hero because he was captured. In a floor speech that lasted just seven minutes, the Republican senator from Texas doubled down on his earlier criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to allow the Sunday vote to resurrect the Export-Import Bank, portraying it as a betrayal of the leader’s word not to do so. “Speaking the truth,” is what Cruz said he was doing, picking up where he had left off Friday, when he said McConnell told “a simple lie” by insisting there was no backroom deal for the bank that is opposed by the powerful Koch brothers but supported by a bipartisan coalition of business interests, including the U.S.

Trump has been criticized by fellow Republican candidates and party leaders for making incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants, belittling McCain’s war record and for his personal attacks against rival Republican White House contenders such as Senator Lindsey Graham and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. “I don’t think Mr. Trump is qualified to be commander-in-chief, I think he is bankrupt when it comes to all the qualities you need to lead the men and women in uniform and to lead a great nation,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Rand Paul of Kentucky, another GOP candidate, seized the floor for 10 1/2 hours this spring during a filibuster-like speech against the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. Mike Huckabee came under fire Sunday after accusing President Obama of marching Israelis “to the door of the oven” by agreeing to an Iran nuclear deal that the former Fox News host says is too weak. “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It’s got to be stopped.” “Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. “Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.” The Iran deal, announced this month, aims to curb the country’s nuclear program for 10 to 15 years by cutting its ability to enrich uranium and imposing other restrictions designed to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

In New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary, Trump leads the field with 21% support from potential GOP primary voters, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday. A separate poll released by YouGov on Thursday showed Trump continuing to do well nationally in the aftermath of his McCain criticism, with 28% of registered voters who identify as Republican listing him as their preferred nominee. However, those same Republican voters also continued to say by a large margin that they expected Bush to actually win the nomination, a question that often has more value as a forecasting tool. As it stands, Trump will be invited to the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland hosted by Fox News because he’s in the top 10 based on national polls of the 16 Republicans seeking the party’s presidential nomination.

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