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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Ia., July 18, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

What President Donald Trump would do, according to Donald Trump

07/27/15 05:47PM

It’s worth pausing in the midst of covering Donald Trump’s various feuds to remember that the position he is campaigning for is “President of the United States” and that he has some ideas about what he would do in the job. Not only that, it’s an interesting platform -- some of his positions are conventionally conservative, some are surprisingly... read more

Senator Lindsey Graham (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty).

2016 GOPers hustle to avoid being left out of first debate

07/27/15 04:42PM

With just 10 days until the heavily impacted first Republican presidential debate, several candidates are on the outside looking in. And to try and secure a spot on the national stage, they're pulling out all the stops.Some very big names are expected to be left out, with Fox News controversially allowing only the top 10 candidates in the... read more

Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media along the U.S. Mexico border during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Busch/Getty)

Donald Trump's momentum continues

07/26/15 09:02AM

Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls. Trump leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters. He’s followed by Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 12 percent and John Kasich... read more

Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty).

Jeb Bush's family values man

07/24/15 03:52PM

Two weeks ago, as social conservatives gathered in New Orleans for the annual National Right to Life Convention, they were courted by Republican presidential candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio and former Sen. Rick Santorum. ... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a campaign event in Phoenix, Ariz., July 11, 2015. (Photo by Nancy Wiechec/Reuters)

Donald Trump's many questionable 'great relationships'

07/23/15 11:21AM

 All of Trump’s “great relationships” In the wake of repeated assertions that Mexican immigrants as criminals and “rapists” prompting a number of corporations to end business relationships with the businessman turned candidate, Donald Trump assured a reporter that he has a great relationship with Mexicans. “I have a great relationship the... read more

How much do you know about Ted Cruz?

07/23/15 11:15AM

On March 23rd, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race. Now that 16 candidates are competing for the GOP nomination, we've decided to take another look at the Texas lawmaker so that you can test how much you know about him. read more

Real estate magnate Donald Trump speaks at the New York County Republican Committee Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 12, 2014 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by John Moore/Getty)

Analysis: Donald Trump and the limits of political shaming

07/23/15 07:03AM

After tiptoeing gently around Donald Trump for weeks, Republican leaders and conservative commentators are confronting him over his behavior in increasingly personal – and even moral -- terms.“When a candidate under the Republican banner would abandon the tradition of magnanimous leadership of the presidency, when he would seek to demonize... read more

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush listens to a question during an appearance in San Francisco, Calif. on Jul. 16, 2015 (Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters).

The art of the flip-flop: Breaking down the 2016 reversals

07/22/15 03:15PM

To err is human. So is to flip-flop -- especially when you're a politician running for the White House. Although the public is likely to hear charges that a candidate is a "flip-flopper" routinely over the next 15 months of the 2016 presidential contest, here's a dirty little secret in American politics: Almost everyone does... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Making sense of Donald Trump’s bump in the polls

07/22/15 09:23AM

Making sense of Trump’s bump in the polls… His message and supporters matter more than his actual presidential prospects… What’s Trump’s actual message? He’s “a refreshing figure who is unafraid to fight back”… What’s the better stage for the rest of the GOP field: Being at that first debate with Trump, or at the earlier forum without him?...... read more