After three hours of majoring in minor issues during the fourth Republican presidential debate for 2015, post-debate polling showed little change among the candidates.
Pediatric neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP frontrunner Ben Carson has easily fended off most of the spurious attacks from the establishment press, but growing conservative outrage over the Carson campaign's recent announcement of support “with reservations” for Obama's deeply controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may prove trickier. Ironically, the Carson camp claimed Carson supported the deal, dubbed “ObamaTrade” by critics, as a “counterbalance to China’s influence” just two days after the Obama administration publicly invited the brutal Communist Chinese dictatorship and Russia's Vladimir Putin to join the TPP as well. Among many of Carson's conservative supporters, the pro-TPP position is likely to be a bitter pill to swallow, if it can be swallowed at all.
The attorney general of New York, Eric Schneiderman, subpoenaed Exxon Mobil Corporation on November 4, in an attempt to uncover evidence that the energy giant misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change.