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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters at a town hall meeting Oct. 2, 2015 in Aiken, S.C. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty)

Carly Fiorina feeling the momentum -- and the pressure

10/06/15 08:39PM

Wrapping up her three day trip through the first-in-the-nation primary state, Carly Fiorina was feeling the momentum that has propelled her to second place here in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, declaring at her final stop "I'm a frontrunner.""I think what these latest polls show is that when people get... read more

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaks on stage during the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty)

Biden team calls report on 2016 leak 'categorically false'

10/06/15 07:59PM

Vice President Joe Biden's team is pushing back on a POLITICO report that Biden himself, while eying a presidential bid, leaked an account of his dying son's wish that he seek the Democratic nomination."The bottom line on the POLITICO story is that it is categorically false and the characterization is offensive," said a... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after speaking at the Human Rights Campaign Breakfast in Washington, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton sends 'Hard Choices' to Republican rivals

10/06/15 07:20PM

Hillary Clinton sent a copy of her book “Hard Choices” to Republican candidates that questioned her record at the second presidential debate, a campaign aide confirmed to NBC News. Clinton floated the idea during a campaign swing in New Hampshire last month and made good on her promise last week. She sent the copies with an accompanying letter... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig speaks on stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on Sept. 19, 2015 in Manchester, N.H. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty)

Lawrence Lessig announces ad buy

10/06/15 06:38PM

Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Larry Lessig is trying to show he’s a real candidate, announcing a television ad buy Tuesday, a day after declaring a $1 million fundraising haul. ... read more

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, listens to campaign chairman Jesse Benton as he signs autographs at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP)

Ron Paul to testify at trial of campaign aides accused of paying state senator for endorsement

10/06/15 06:14PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three top officials with Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign claim political motivations are behind charges alleging they violated federal financial disclosure laws by secretly paying an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement.Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, will be called as a prosecution... read more

Mexican comics poke fun at U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a show entitled "Sons of Trump" at the Aldana theater in Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Henry Romero/Reuters)

Mexicans fire back at the Donald with 'Sons of Trump' play

10/06/15 04:29PM

Donald Trump’s offensive comments about Mexican immigrants are still causing backlash.A group of popular Mexican comedians star in a new play, “Sons of Trump,” that fires back at Trump’s remarks that Mexicans are drug dealers, criminals and racists. The show premiered on Friday to a packed theater in Mexico City.“Sons of Trump” begins with a... read more

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) talks to Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) (R) as they come out after a House Republican Conference meeting on Sept. 29, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

McCarthy continues damage control over Benghazi remark

10/06/15 11:15AM

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is in damage control mode following his suggestion that the Republican-led Benghazi committee was created for political reasons -- remarks that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has seized on to discredit the investigation. ... read more

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits to answer questions from reporters in Durham, NH., Sept. 18, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Ex-Clinton super PAC official to publish insider account

10/06/15 05:02AM

A former official with the now defunct Ready for Hillary super PAC is finalizing a book about his experience with the group that worked to pro-Clinton group, which laid the groundwork for the Democrats, msnbc has learned.Seth Bringman was the first employee of the Ready for Hillary super PAC after it formed in early 2013, and served as... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during her campaign stop at the Broward College Hugh Adams Central Campus on Oct. 2, 2015 in Davie, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Hillary Clinton ad to highlight McCarthy Benghazi comments

10/05/15 11:00PM

Hillary Clinton's first ad to air on national cable will highlight House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's comments linking the House Benghazi Committee to Clinton's political fortunes.In the ad, a narrator says "The Republicans finally admit it" before airing McCarthy's remark that "Everybody thought Hillary... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks to CNBC correspondent John Harwood, left, during an interview at the New York Stock Exchange, Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP)

Explaining Marco Rubio's confusing immigration answers

10/05/15 09:29PM

Sen. Marco Rubio appeared to back off another provision of the bipartisan immigration bill he passed then abandoned on Monday, telling CNBC's John Harwood he no longer supported the legislation's 10-year path to a green card for undocumented immigrants. Rubio's spokesman, however, denied that the Senator has shifted his position.... read more

Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with reporters before attending a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Five things to know about House speaker hopeful Jason Chaffetz

10/05/15 07:30PM

Over the weekend, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced a surprise challenge to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s presumed selection as the next Speaker of the House, adding another layer of drama for the long-fractured Republican Party.Noting that McCarthy had to overcome “a math problem” in order to get the 218 votes needed to succeed outgoing... read more

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a 'Grassroots' organizational event at Broward State College in Davie, Fla. Oct. 2, 2015. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton slams Jeb Bush over 'stuff happens' comment

10/05/15 12:12PM

Hillary Clinton slammed Jeb Bush’s recent comments on gun control Monday, as she rolled out her own gun reform policy in New Hampshire.Bush said at a forum on Friday that when “stuff happens” like shootings, the appropriate response is not to legislate. "Stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something... read more