Inside the Beltway: Donald Trump's streamlined campaign

Presidential rivals have telling numbers beyond polls Consider that Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton 39 s campaign spent 51 million on TV and radio ads last month while her GOP counterpart Donald Trump spent nothing according to Ad Age

Presidential rivals have telling numbers beyond polls. Consider that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $51 million on TV and radio ads last month, while her GOP counterpart Donald Trump spent nothing according to Ad Age. But wait. He still managed to garner 72 percent of the broadcast coverage says a new analysis from the Media Research Center. Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton has seven times as many people on her campaign staff as Mr. Trump, her team operating from an 80,000 square-foot office in Brooklyn.

“Trump’s campaign employs a core team of about a dozen people; his campaign lists 94 people on the payroll nationwide, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing. Hillary Clinton has 765. Trump has no pollsters, no media coaches, or speech writers. He focus-groups nothing. He buys few ads, and when he does, he likes to write them himself. He also writes his own tweets, his main vehicle for communicating with his supporters. And it was his idea to adopt Ronald Reagan’s slogan ‘make America great again,’” writes New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman, who recently visited the candidate at his Manhattan campaign headquarters to find them scarcely as big as a campus newspaper office.

“I’m the strategist,” Mr. Trump told the writer.

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“Which would make him, no matter what your feelings about his beliefs or qualifications to run a country, one of the greatest political savants of the modern era,” Mr. Sherman observes.

ABSENT FROM THE BADGER STATE

Only one presidential hopeful appears to be actually in Wisconsin as the results roll in for the state’s all-important primary. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will stage an election night watch party at the American Serb Hall in Milwaukee. Donald Trump hosted three rallies in Wisconsin on Monday, but has nothing public planned for Tuesday. Yet. That is subject to change. Gov. John Kasich is busy campaigning in New York state, as is Hillary Clinton, who stages a “Women for Hillary” town hall in Brooklyn. Sen. Bernard Sanders is the most far-flung of all: He will be in Laramie, Wyoming for a giant rally as the primary unfolds.

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Check C-SPAN for the final results beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

THE LION’S LEGACY

Many still ponder the untimely passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A new book offers insight: “Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents” — edited by Kevin Ring, former counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Constitution Subcommittee — provides a collection of Scalia’s most memorable opinions on free speech, separation of powers, race, religious freedom, the rights of the accused, abortion, and more. These are Scalia’s own words plus significant analysis of his legal reasoning and his lasting impact on American jurisprudence.

Published Monday by Regnery, “Scalia’s Court” is a definitive guide to “the lion of American law” and his legacy as a constitutional patriot. “I don’t worry about my legacy,” Scalia once told an audience at the National Archives. “Just do your job right, and who cares?”

ABOUT THAT MUSLIM BAN

Republicans appear to be standing by presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States until the federal government improves its screening protocols for new arrivals. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 67 percent of likely GOP voters favor the ban, compared to 45 percent of all voters and 50 percent of independents. Among Democrats, only 27 percent side with Mr. Trump.

Still, a majority of all voters — 54 percent — say it’s “too easy” for the foreign-born to enter the U.S.; 73 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

NOW THERE’S THOUGHT

“Whoever occupies the Oval Office in 2017 will face security threats around the world — including in Asia. Stability in Asia is currently being threatened by North Korea’s growing military capabilities, China’s increasingly aggressive behavior, historical animosities, and rising nationalism,” advises Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, and a former member of the intelligence community.

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