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One day to New Hampshire, five story lines to watch

02/08/16 10:04AM

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.One day out and five storylines to watchMANCHESTER, NH — We are now one day away from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, and there are five storylines we're watching, particularly after an... read more

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall-style campaign event at Hampton Academy, Feb. 7, 2016, in Hampton, N.H. (Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Chris Christie on offense as Marco Rubio spins debate

02/07/16 07:38PM

Christie on offense as Rubio spins debate EXETER, New Hampshire -- On Super Bowl Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie was on the offense. At a bar off a bowling alley named Shooters with nearly as many reporters as supporters, the New Jersey governor sought to capitalize on his strong debate performance. “The debate last night should show you something:... read more

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Plymouth State University in Holderness, N.H., Feb. 7, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Donald Trump makes his populist pitch in New Hampshire

02/07/16 04:34PM

Plymouth, NH -- With voting around the corner in crucial New Hampshire, Donald Trump is playing up his populism.Speaking to a crowd of hundreds at Plymouth State University, Trump’s message was consistent: Everyone else is bought, and that’s why they can’t bring change.He used Medicare drug prices as his first example -- he’s joined Democrats in... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with an audience member at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

Hillary Clinton: 'What happened in Flint is immoral'

02/07/16 03:34PM

FLINT, Michigan — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for "action now" to combat the toxic water crisis here Sunday in a speech to a packed congregation, arguing that a wealthier city would never have let its children drink water that was "poisoned.""This has to be a national priority," Clinton... read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a student town hall during a campaign stop at the New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016. (Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Clinton questions whether Sanders has a foreign policy network

02/07/16 02:59PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to hit rival Sen. Bernie Sanders' for his perceived lack of foreign policy experience during her appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There really isn't any kind of foreign policy network that is supporting and advising Senator Sanders," Clinton said.Many of... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2016 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 5, 2016. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Sanders: 'Judgment' as important as foreign policy 'experience'

02/07/16 02:13PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders defended himself Sunday against criticism that he does not have sufficient depth or interest in foreign policy matters."Let me reassure the American people…it goes without saying that a president must be well-versed in foreign policy, must have a foreign policy position. And I will of course do that," Sanders said... read more

Bernie Sanders appears on Saturday Night Live alongside Larry David, Feb. 6, 2016. (Photo courtesy of NBC)

Bernie Sanders joins Larry David on 'Saturday Night Live'

02/07/16 12:50AM

New York City—NBC's sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" gave political junkies, "Seinfeld" fans, and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" enthusiasts everything they could have hoped for when Senator Bernie Sanders joined comedian Larry David as he hosted Saturday's show.The Democratic presidential hopeful met the... read more

Republican Presidential candidates arrive for the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on Feb. 6, 2016 at St. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Four takeaways from the New Hampshire GOP debate

02/07/16 12:32AM

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- With several candidates facing a make-or-break vote in New Hampshire, Saturday’s debate was filled with fireworks. The biggest one landed right on top of Marco Rubio early in the night and made for the most dramatic and talked-about moment. Here are four takeaways from what could prove to be the most important GOP... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio listens to a question from the audience during a campaign town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H., Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Rubio said Clinton supports abortion on baby's due date. True?

02/07/16 12:06AM

At Saturday's Republican presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said his anti-abortion stance is not extreme but that it's Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who is "extreme," claiming that she supports abortion on "the baby's due date."Clinton has not said she supports... read more

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers a question during a Republican presidential primary debate, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Jeb Bush says he would back preemptive strike on North Korea

02/06/16 09:36PM

Republican candidates Saturday delivered cautious answers on the question of how they would respond to this weekend’s provocative missile launch by North Korea.Asked if they would consider a pre-emptive strike against the missile as it sat on its launchpad in North Korea, candidates largely demurred.Of all the candidates on stage, only Jeb Bush... read more

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waits to be introduced at a campaign event at Maple Avenue Elementary School, Feb. 6, 2016, in Goffstown, N.H. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Fiorina uses debate exclusion as fuel to fight on

02/06/16 04:16PM

Goffstown, N.H. -- Carly Fiorina told a crowd of supporters on Saturday morning that "the game is rigged," assailing ABC News - which she called the "Anybody But Carly" network -- for not inviting her onto Saturday's GOP debate stage because of her low polling numbers nationally."If you ever doubted that the game... read more

Donald Trump is photographed as he talks to the press in the media spin room after the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

White supremacist group urges New Hampshire voters to support Trump

02/06/16 02:23PM

White supremacists group urges New Hampshire voters to support TrumpA white nationalist super PAC that recently made robocalls in Iowa on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has turned its attention to New Hampshire this week, urging voters there to support the business man.“We don’t need muslims. We need smart well-educated... read more

A view of the stage for the CNN Republican presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

What to watch for in Saturday’s New Hampshire GOP debate

02/06/16 09:44AM

What to watch in Saturday’s New Hampshire GOP debateBenjy Sarlin The Fox News Republican debate in New Hampshire on Saturday has the potential to be a pivotal moment in the race. With the Iowa caucus in the books, top-three finishers Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are the clear frontrunners and the remaining candidates... read more

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