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Supporters wave American flags at a rally for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: As Republicans feud, Clinton pivots toward November

03/25/16 09:19AM

In one of the least eventful weeks of the 2016 campaign in recent memory -- due to the tragic terrorist attacks in Belgium and the lack of primary contests -- two important developments took place. First, the Republican race got nastier (if that was possible) after Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battled over their wives. "Donald, you're a... read more

Demonstrators protest outside of the Verizon Center in Washington, March 21, 2016, where the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference took place in Washington, March 21, 2016. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AP)

The cross-color coalition fighting to stop Donald Trump

03/25/16 07:06AM

The protest movement against Donald Trump has evolved from a mostly localized phenomenon to a nationally orchestrated effort that has drawn a diverse alliance of players who’ve found a common foe in Trump.Over the last several months, as Trump’s popularity among Republican primary voters has grown, the massive rallies he’s held across the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in North Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 19, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

The behind-the-scenes delegate fight that could stop Donald Trump

03/25/16 06:51AM

The Republican race, fought until now in high-profile state contests and made-for-TV debates, is turning into a shadow war.Donald Trump’s dominant delegate lead means that neither Sen. Ted Cruz nor Ohio Gov. John Kasich can realistically win the nomination outright. But the split in the party also means Trump will have a tough time securing the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Revealed: Trump's big plan to stop a contested convention — NBC News Exclusive

03/25/16 05:31AM

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has a clear answer to questions about a contested convention in Cleveland — it's not happening.“I know the press likes to talk about the brokered convention,” he told NBC this week, “but I think we’re doing really well.”The dealmaker, however, is not leaving anything to chance.While Trump publicly... read more

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a rally March 13, 2016 in West Chester, Ohio. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Our Principles PAC is the second anti-Trump group to invest big in Wisconsin

03/24/16 06:16PM

With only 17 Republican primary contests remaining, Wisconsin, the next state in the Republican nominating contest, is a critical opportunity for Donald Trump opponents to hinder his candidacy. The #NeverTrump movement will be active there.Club for Growth, a conservative outside group that has invested about $8 million worth of anti-Trump... read more

A woman uses a rifle in a laser shooting simulation by the NRA during the American Conservative Union Conservative Political Action Conference 2016, March 4, 2016, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Granny get your gun! NRA rewrites fairy tale classics

03/24/16 04:42PM

Happily ever after… with a gun.That's how the National Rifle Association is rewriting classic fairy tales in a new series for the NRA Family website. And while gun rights advocates see Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother taking on the Big Bad Wolf with a shotgun as empowering, gun control advocates say the series is "absolutely... read more

Chelsea Clinton speaks at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash., March 22, 2016, as she campaigns for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP)

Chelsea Clinton dismayed over 'vitriol' among Cruz and Trump

03/24/16 04:00PM

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Chelsea Clinton railed against the tenor of the Republican presidential primary Thursday as it has taken a turn for the personalas the wives of Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are caught in political cross hairs."I think that the level of vitriol goes beyond anything that we certainly have seen in contemporary times in... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, smiles at a campaign stop, March 23, 2016, in Pewaukee, Wis. (Photo by Morry Gash/AP)

Ted Cruz: Trump is a 'sniveling coward'

03/24/16 03:46PM

Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a "sniveling coward" and told him to leave his wife "the hell alone" on Thursday after Trump tweeted an unflattering photo of his spouse, Heidi Cruz."Our children and spouses are off limits," Cruz warned.The Texas senator said Trump is scared by "strong women" and that "... read more

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an event on Sept. 21, 2015, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) on the White House complex in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Vice President Biden rips supposed 'Biden rule'

03/24/16 02:51PM

The vice president dismissed the idea of a so-called "Biden Rule" on election year hearings on judicial nominees Thursday and insisted that President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court should get a Senate hearing."It's frankly ridiculous…there is no Biden Rule," Vice President Joe Biden said in a speech at... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks behind former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson after receiving Carson's endorsement at a campaign event in Palm Beach, Fl., March 11, 2016. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Ben Carson struggles to defend Trump in combative interview

03/24/16 01:14PM

Former GOP presidential contender Ben Carson offered a lukewarm defense of Donald Trump's many controversies on Thursday, telling the hosts of ABC's "The View" that "we have to work with what we have, not necessarily what we ideally would want" and that Trump's bombast is intended for political gain.He also... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center on Feb. 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty)

First Read: Why Trump can't afford to miss the 'magic number'

03/24/16 09:54AM

As the Republican presidential race turns next to the April 5 primary in Wisconsin, the reality for Donald Trump is that, heading into the Cleveland convention, he can't afford to miss hitting the magic number of 1,237 -- the delegates needed to clinch a majority to win the nomination. read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addresses the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Cruz calls out Trump for comparing wives' appearances on Twitter

03/24/16 09:10AM

Ted Cruz warned Donald Trump not to "attack women" Thursday after the Republican frontrunner appeared to escalate the personal feud over their wives."Donald, real men don't attack women," the Texas senator wrote after the billionaire retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz.The exchange came after Trump showed no... read more

Clinton takes on Trumpism in foreign policy speech

03/23/16 04:16PM

With one eye on an ascendent Donald Trump and the other on Europe, still reeling from this week’s terror attack, Hillary Clinton offered a firm defense of internationalism and American leadership Wednesday. The Democratic front-runner said the U.S. is the only country that can rally the world to defeat ISIS and stand up to Russia and China. ... read more