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Trump rally in California a scene of chaos, confrontation

06/03/16 01:47PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Donald Trump supporters were mobbed and assaulted by protesters on Thursday night after the candidate's campaign rally in California.The violence broke out after the event in San Jose wrapped up just before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). read more

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, June 2, 2016, in Janesville, Wis. (Photo by Andy Manis/AP)

Paul Ryan disavows Trump's attack on judge's 'Mexican heritage'

06/03/16 01:43PM

One day after endorsing Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's accusations of bias against the judge in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage."Ryan told WISN's "Up Front with Vicki McKenna" on Friday that the comment was "out of... read more

Donald Trump greets supporters after giving a victory speech, following his win in Indiana's primary, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Trump's takeover of the GOP is now complete

06/03/16 09:26AM

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.Trump's GOP takeover is now completeOn March 3, Mitt Romney delivered his own blistering speech on Donald Trump, which used some of the same lines of attack that Hillary Clinton included in... read more

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference in Washington on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Paul Ryan backs down –- it’s Donald Trump’s party now

06/02/16 07:36PM

Benjy Sarlin Three weeks after pointedly refusing to endorse Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan backed down on Thursday and announced his support. “It’s no secret that he and I have our differences,” Ryan wrote in an op-ed on “I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the... read more

The Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol leads a discussion on Peter Thiel's National Review article, "The End of the Future," at the National Press Club Oct. 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

More bad news for Bill Kristol's ongoing search for a Donald Trump alternative

06/02/16 05:06PM

It was almost the biggest news story of the week.After much speculation surrounding an independent conservative candidate to challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a news leak that the candidate in mind is conservative writer David French has been met with polite silence, signaling... read more

Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks about ocean policy and other environmental issues to students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., June 1, 2016. (Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters)

Sec. Kerry: Scrapping Paris climate accord would be 'an act of ignorance'

06/02/16 03:59PM

Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off a jam-packed tour this week to bring attention to environmental policy — part of an effort to help cement President Obama's legacy on climate change."The fact is that the oceans are essential to your life," Kerry told students Wednesday during a stop at Montgomery Blair High School in... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on national security in San Diego, Calif., June 2, 2016. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton: Trump presidency would be 'historic mistake'

06/02/16 03:57PM

Hillary Clinton on Thursday delivered the sharpest attack yet against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling him "temperamentally unfit" to be commander-in-chief and arguing his election would be a "historic mistake.""I believe the person the Republicans have nominated for president cannot do... read more

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds his weekly news conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center May 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

After holding out, Paul Ryan says he will 'vote' for Trump

06/02/16 03:33PM

After nearly a month being considered the presumptive Republican nominee, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will vote for Donald Trump.Ryan's announcement, published in a column in his home town newspaper, stops short of an endorsement, instead saying that he will cast his vote for Trump in November, saying that after several conversations, ... read more

President Barack Obama speaks at Concord Community High School June 1, 2016 in Elkhart, Ind. (Photo by Brendan Smiawloski/AFP/Getty)

Obama jumps into 2016, blasts Trump proposals as 'crazy'

06/01/16 05:49PM

Obama Jumps Into 2016, Blasts Trump Proposals As 'Crazy'by PERRY BACON JR.In a visit to an Indiana town that has seen a huge drop in unemployment during his administration, President Obama aggressively defended his policies and blasted Donald Trump, calling one of the real estate mogul's proposals "crazy."The remarks in... read more

Supporters cheer during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at California State University on May 17, 2016 in Carson, Calif. (Photo by David McNew/Getty)

It's close in California: Clinton 49%, Sanders 47%

06/01/16 05:13PM

Hillary Clinton is clinging to a narrow two-point lead over Bernie Sanders in California ahead of the state's June 7 primary, according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.Clinton gets support from 49 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the state, while Sanders gets 47 percent, which is within the... read more

Real estate mogul Donald Trump holds a media conference announcing the establishment of Trump University May 23, 2005 in New York. N.Y. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty)

Democrats look to succeed where Republicans failed with Trump University attack

06/01/16 04:24PM

Democrats look to succeed where Republicans failed with Trump U attackBy Benjy SarlinMarco Rubio may have failed to stop Donald Trump in the Republican primaries, but Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking a page from Rubio’s playbook: They’re labeling Trump a ruthless con artist, which they see as a blueprint for defining their opponent.The... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Dec. 5, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

First Read: Trump's temperament problem

06/01/16 09:36AM

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. read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a meeting with community leaders in Oakland, Calif. on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

First Read: Why Hillary Clinton needs to win California

05/31/16 09:13AM

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.Why Hillary Clinton needs to win California next weekYes, Hillary Clinton is just 72 delegates away from crossing the 2,383 magic number needed for a majority of delegates to win the Democratic... read more

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson talks to the media after receiving the nomination during the National Convention held at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Fl., May 29, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Kolczynski/Reuters)

2016 finally had a contested convention, thanks to the Libertarian Party

05/29/16 06:44PM

ORLANDO, Florida – The Libertarian Party nominated former Gov. Gary Johnson and former Gov. William Weld to run for president on Sunday, as the party attempts to elevate themselves into the mainstream during a presidential election that’s given the small party unprecedented opportunity. The pair – both two-term governors -- have more executive... read more