On the trail

Cruz tax proposal gets harsh review

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's tax proposals, which include cutting taxes for most individuals and replacing the corporate income tax with a flat 16 percent business tax, would reduce federal revenue by $8.6 trillion over a decade and "almost surely depress the economy over the long run," according to a new policy study. Cruz's plan would benefit wealthy taxpayers "dramatically" and raise taxes slightly for some people in the bottom fifth of low-income taxpayers, according to the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. The Republican senator from Texas has proposed a consumption-tax system.

Oops — Rubio ad is set in Canada

The scenes and narration mimic Ronald Reagan's legendary ad "Morning Again in America." But Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio's new ad of the same name opens with a shot of Vancouver, Canada. "It's morning again in America," the ad begins with shots of a harbor, city street and suburban neighborhood. "Today, more men and women are out of work than ever before in our nation's history."

Barbara Bush to campaign for son

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that his mother, Barbara Bush, will campaign for him again in South Carolina with days to go until the state's Republican primary on Saturday. The former first lady will come to South Carolina on Thursday and stay through Saturday, his campaign said.

Kasich focus is on Michigan primary

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Americans are divided by the cable TV news programs that they watch. The Ohio governor concluded a two-day campaign swing through Michigan on Tuesday, saying that all citizens should help address drug and poverty problems. Michigan's primary is March 8.

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