is Donald Trump a conservative?

No, Trump isn’t hurting Republicans with Latinos

Scott Clement, The Washington Post

It's the "guilt by association" theory of how Donald Trump’s candidacy hurts Republicans' 2016 chances. The only problem: It's not borne out in the polls -- at least at this early stage. In fact, a new Gallup poll casts doubt on Trump’s damage to Republicans in a summer dominated by his candidacy.

Trump slams Bush for tying Asians to 'anchor babies'

Ashley Killough and Tom LoBianco, CNN

Donald Trump mocked Jeb Bush on Twitter on Tuesday morning after the former Florida governor dug himself into a deeper hole explaining his "anchor babies" comment.

Trump vows to deport illegal aliens, end birthright citizenship

AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and toughen deportation, allowing in only "the good ones."

How Long Will Trump’s Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last?

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

How can a former Democrat, once a pro-choice, pro-amnesty liberal and a supporter of single-payer health care, remain the godhead of the conservative base for weeks on end? The answer is that Trump is a catharsis for 15 percent to 20 percent of the Republican electorate. They apparently like the broken china shop and appreciate the raging bull who runs amok in it. Politicians and the media are seen as corrupt and hypocritical, and the nihilistic Trump is a surrogate way of letting them take some heat for a change.

The myth of Trump’s angry legions

Matt Bai, Yahoo News

Democrats and liberal commentators love the Trump story. It underscores, at a glance, how twisted with bile and bigotry the Republican Party must be. The guy excoriates Mexicans and manages to make Megyn Kelly look sympathetic, and still he’s ahead! What does that tell you? Maybe not as much as you think.

Does the G.O.P. Need a New Machine?

Jeffrey Frank, The New Yorker

It may take years to understand what it means to give a cable news anchor the power, and authority, to try to push a leading candidate off the bus. Until then, though, if no one else is able to, “Boss” Kelly and the Fox machine may be left to take charge of the GOP.

Donald Trump Is Winning The Polls — And Losing The Nomination

Nate Silver, fivethirtyeight.com

Silver doesn't suggest that Donald Trump’s support in the polls is “fake.” He has no doubt that some people really love him or that he’d be the favorite if you held a national, winner-take-all Republican primary tomorrow. However, the “election” these polls describe is hypothetical in at least five ways.

Trump's thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Obamacare and Ronald Reagan

Jessica Estapa, USA Today

It was another night of Donald Trump when the presidential contender sat down with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday. Here are some highlights.

Trump the Teenage Bully

John Fund, National Review

In the wake of last Thursday’s debate and his infamous “blood feud” with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly, I have to say I was wrong. His swift, heady rise in the polls has brought out the inner Donald Trump, someone who could have stepped out of Animal House.

Trump’s Lead Among G.O.P. Remains Strong in Fresh CBS Poll

Alan Rappeport, The New York Times

Donald J. Trump‘s wave of popularity shows no signs of abating ahead of Thursday’s debate. A new poll by CBS shows Mr. Trump continuing to lead the crowded field of candidates with support of 24 percent of prospective Republican primary voters. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin round out the top three with 13 percent and 10 percent.

Trump Tells It Like It Is

Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump is popular because he says what he thinks, and he has all the right enemies, wrote Weekly Standard Editor Fred Barnes. “People are looking for any candidate who can't be bought off,” wrote Carol Roth for CNBC. “Many Americans are also done with political correctness. Mr. Trump, despite the language in which he often communicates, gets points for not being worried about offending anyone.”

Viguerie: Trump Support Should Send Signal to GOP

Newsmax.com

Trump has surged to the top of the GOP polls despite comments that have angered critics and caused the party establishment to call him out. But many of those supporters likely disagree with Trump on a majority of issues, Viguerie said.

At Border, Donald Trump Declares 'I'll Win the Hispanic Vote'

Lauren Etter. Bloomberg Politics

After the union that represents the federal Border Patrol wussed-out on their invitation, Donald Trump went ahead with his visit to the Texas border and said he would strengthen frontier defenses by increasing the presence of troops and fortifying the wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico.

Donald Trump: Four Reasons He’s Leading in Polls

Jason Bellini, Wall Street Journal Video

Donald Trump's controversial comments on Senator John McCain and illegal immigration haven't hurt him in the polls. He's leading the Republican presidential pack. Why?

Graham smashes cell phone after Trump outs number

FoxNews.com

The South Carolina senator and GOP presidential candidate responded Wednesday to Donald Trump giving out his personal phone number with a dramatic one-minute video, titled, “How to destroy your cell phone with Lindsey Graham.” The problem for Graham is he's in single digits and not even on the voters' radar while Trump has 20%+ in the latest GOP presidential poll.

Why Ted Cruz Won’t Attack Donald Trump

Patrick Howley, The Daily Caller

Cruz’s fundraising allows him to act like the conservative front-runner. A Trump-Cruz battle in the primary would be too divisive for November voters. While both candidates have a lot of fans, they also have a lot of detractors. The last thing Cruz and Trump need is a battle of personalities between each other — especially when they agree on most issues. Too much Cruz-Trump back-and-forth during the primary, and independents will be turned off by November.

Gohmert Outclasses Trump, Gets It Right On McCain

"As far as Sen. McCain, I have nothing but respect and great sympathy for the pain and suffering he endured … but that doesn't mean that you get to become a senator and ruin the country," Rep. Louie Gohmert said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. And for those who are inclined to forget just how much damage McCain has done, especially with regard to the Middle East, here's a reminder.

Donald Trump writes op-ed slamming McCain, Sanders

Deena Zaru, CNN

After a weekend full of backlash for his comments saying former POW Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero," Donald Trump put his defiance in writing. In an op-ed for USA Today published Sunday, Trump writes that the Arizona Republican "has failed the state of Arizona and the country."

In Trump vs. Rove We’re Going With Trump

Trump may have been imprecise in his language, but his larger point that Rove and his establishment Republican allies are “clowns” who have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in content-free campaigns on behalf of empty suit establishment Republican candidates was right on the mark.

Bush girds for debate smackdown with Trump

Alex Isenstadt, Politico

Since announcing his presidential bid last month, Donald Trump has thrown haymakers at a variety of candidates, but he’s gone after Jeb Bush with particular zeal. He has called the former Florida governor a “total disaster,” has asked “How the hell can you vote for this guy?”