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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a fundraising event in Lawrenceville, N.J., on May 19, 2016. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?

05/20/16 10:48AM

Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?Presumptive nominee Donald Trump wants to rewrite the electoral map."I will win states that no Republican would even run in," Trump told The Associated Press this month. It’s a promise Trump’s been making for months – that his special brand of populism, winning, and celebrity... read more

Donald Trump speaks before accepting an endorsement at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Trump aims to assure wary gun rights supporters with NRA speech

05/20/16 10:11AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Donald Trump will have another chance to reassure wary conservatives still reluctant to back a candidate who once expressed support for an assault weapons ban and contributed to anti-gun Democrats when he speaks at the National Rifle Association's national convention Friday.Since expressing support for the ban and a longer... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald walks to the stage past an American flag at a fundraising event where he appeared with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Lawrenceville, N.J., May 19, 2016. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

First Read: Why calling Trump 'risky' won't work for Democrats

05/20/16 09:29AM

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.Risky Business: Why calling Trump "risky" won't work for DemocratsEarlier this week while campaigning in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for being "a loose... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally May 5, 2016 in Charleston, W.V. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump has a surrogate problem

05/20/16 09:02AM

Donald Trump is picking up plenty of Republican endorsements as he settles into his new role as the party’s presumptive nominee. What they’re supporting, however, isn’t entirely clear.   A number of Trump’s signature positions are still almost wholly unique to him. Even among lawmakers who endorsed him earliest, there’s little vocal support for... read more

Edward Rendell the former Governor of Pennsylvania talks with the media at the funeral of former senator, Oct. 16, 2012. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

What Rendell and Trump have in common

05/19/16 05:21PM

When former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told The Washington Post that Trump’s past comments about women “would come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women,” it instantly caught fire. Though Rendell promptly apologized, the implication, of course, was that Hillary Clinton, whom Rendell supports,... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits following a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City, May 18, 2016. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

MD Trump delegate indicted on child pornography, weapons charges

05/19/16 04:20PM

A Maryland man selected to be a delegate for Donald Trump has been indicted on charges of child pornography as well as the illegal possession of a machine gun and the illegal transportation of explosives.The Department of Justice announced Thursday that Caleb Andrew Bailey of Waldorf, Maryland, had been indicted by a federal grand jury. He is... read more

U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference on opioid epidemic May 19, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Vote on House floor over LGBT rights turns ugly

05/19/16 03:32PM

It was a chaotic scene on the House floor Thursday morning after an amendment to help protect LGBT people from discrimination failed by just one vote after Republicans convinced a few members of their own party to switch their votes to help ensure the measure would not pass.House Democrats could be heard chanting "shame, shame, shame"... read more

A rubber band wraps the front page of La Opinion newspaper featuring pictures of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Santa Ana, Calif., May 15, 2016. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump 'not qualified' to be president

05/19/16 02:57PM

Hillary Clinton declared Donald Trump unqualified to be president Thursday, saying the crash of an EgyptAir flight this week, which she blamed on terrorism, helped her come to that conclusion."I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States,” the likely Democratic nominee told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview... read more

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, chant, "Build That Wall," before a town hall, April 2, 2016, in Rothschild, Wis. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

How the GOP's rhetoric on immigration created a demagogue

05/19/16 10:57AM

Republican leaders bear at least some responsibility for the ugly, nativist turns of their presidential race this year. Donald Trump is not a lone actor in demonizing immigrants. The party has been laying the groundwork to his rhetoric for years.Few things united the GOP nationwide more than fierce opposition to President Obama’s executive... read more

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, talks to a reporter before the senate luncheons. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Cal/Getty)

GOP Sen. Bob Bennett apologized to Muslims for Trump while on deathbed

05/19/16 09:36AM

In the final days of his life, former Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett turned to his son and asked him, "Are there any Muslims in this hospital?"The question caught his son, Jim Bennett, off-guard. It felt like a non-sequitur, and he thought it may have had something to do with his father's recent stroke.But Jim said his father... read more

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are seen sparring on televisions in the reporters' filing room at the CNN Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: The Democratic race isn't as close as you think it is

05/19/16 09:15AM

Bernie Sanders just won Oregon and almost carried Kentucky. His campaign is "willing to do some harm" to Hillary Clinton to try to win California next month, the New York Times writes. And they're hoping to take their fight all of the way to July's Democratic convention in Philadelphia. But here's the one little problem... read more

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

Trump lobs 'rape' allegation at Bill Clinton in FOX interview

05/19/16 01:30AM

Trump Lobs 'Rape' Allegation at Bill Clinton in FOX InterviewBY ALEXANDRA JAFFEDonald Trump on Wednesday used the word "rape" regarding a decades old allegation against Bill Clinton — and said it should be on the table when it comes to scrutiny of Hillary Clinton's campaign.The charge rehashed a controversial claim by an... read more

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Sanders’ marriage of convenience with Democrats fraying

05/18/16 08:26PM

Sanders’ marriage of convenience with Democrats fraying The 25-year-marriage of convenience between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party is on the rocks, as the Vermont independent senator is threatening to take his millions of supporters with him in the separation. Sanders has made it clear he will his lead his army of committed activists... read more

Vice President Joe Biden laughs during a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., May 5, 2016. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

Biden: 'There's no fundamental split in the Democratic Party'

05/18/16 07:02PM

Vice President Joe Biden says he is not concerned about tensions between Bernie Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton, saying "there's no fundamental split in the Democratic Party."Biden told reporters after a stop in Ohio Wednesday that he believes Sanders will ultimately back Clinton in the same way that Clinton herself called... read more