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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) departs a news conference with Capitol Hill reporters following a private meeting with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2016. (Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Trump and Ryan: 'There's a great opportunity to unify our party'

05/12/16 07:06AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump will begin a conversation they hope will end with a unified Republican Party when the presumptive GOP nominee visits Washington on Thursday.But lingering concerns over Trump’s tactics, tone and chances against likely opponent Hillary Clinton have left major questions over if and when a divided party still... read more

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump (C) waves as he arrives for a rally March 14, 2016 in Vienna Center, Ohio. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Trump appeals to social conservatives with his hire of John Mashburn

05/11/16 06:43PM

Donald Trump was never the first choice of committed social conservatives, whose organizations largely lined up behind Ted Cruz late in the Republican primary. Those groups raced to distance themselves from Trump after he went off-message by suggesting that women who have abortions would be punished if the procedure were banned, followed by... read more

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., attends a news conference in Rayburn, March 14, 2013. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

Alan Grayson blows up at Harry Reid during meeting: 'Say my name'

05/11/16 03:58PM

Liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid during a closed door meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday over the leader's decision to back a different candidate in Florida’s Democratic Senate primary, according to three sources in the room.The outburst prompted a Reid staffer in the room to bring in... read more

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is speaks to the media as he returns to his office at the U.S. Capitol, May 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty)

Ted Cruz already looking beyond 2016 election

05/11/16 02:02PM

WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz suggested last month Republicans are "looking at a bloodbath of Walter Mondale proportions" if GOP voters send Donald Trump out of Cleveland as the party's nominee for president.Mondale, the Democrats' 1984 presidential nominee, won just one state over Ronald Reagan."This ain't complicated --... read more

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during his weekly briefing at the U.S Capitol on Feb. 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)

Speaker Ryan: Meeting with Trump an attempt to be 'constructive'

05/11/16 12:08PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted on Wednesday that his goal in an upcoming meeting with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is to unify the party after a bruising primary season and form a plan to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. read more

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Elizabeth Warren on VP nod: 'I'm not thinking about another job'

05/11/16 11:49AM

11:36) ZA: So if Hillary Clinton came to you and said, "I need you to be my running mate in order to take on Donald Trump," would you say yes to that?(11:45) EW: Right now, I just want to be clear. I love my job. I'm here in the United States Senate doing exactly what the people of Massachusetts sent me here to do. I'm in the... read more

Donald Trump holds a news conference on March 21, 2016 at his hotel which is under construction in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Irreconcilable differences for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

05/11/16 09:24AM

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-ism vs. Ryan-ism: Some irreconcilable differences:Ahead of his big meeting on Thursday with Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan was blunt about where he stands with his party's... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders smiles as he speaks at a campaign rally on May 8, 2016 in Piscataway, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP)

Sanders wins in West Virginia Democratic primary

05/10/16 07:39PM

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the West Virginia Democratic primary, NBC News projects, a victory that will add yet more fuel to his argument that he should remain in the race despite badly trailing front runner Hillary Clinton in the overall delegate count.The win comes one week after Sanders prevailed in Indiana's Democratic primary... read more

Sen. John Thune talks to reporters after the weekly Senate GOP policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Senate Republicans want face time with Facebook over trending topics 'bias'

05/10/16 06:58PM

The Senate's top Internet cop wants to haul Facebook employees before Congress after a tech site reported that the social-media giant allegedly squashes conservative views.Like many other Republicans, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, was taken aback by a Gizmodo report on Monday in which some former Facebook contract employees claimed to... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, W. Va. on May 5, 2016. (Photo by Chris Tilley/Reuters)

CA officials: White nationalist will remain on Trump delegate list

05/10/16 06:11PM

Donald Trump's campaign is blaming a "database error" for the inclusion of a self-described white nationalist on its slate of delegates for the California primary."Yesterday, the Trump campaign submitted its list of California delegates to be certified by the Secretary of State of California," said spokeswoman Hope Hicks... read more

A worker installs the red carpet in front of the Festival Palace ahead of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 10, 2016. (Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA)

'Clinton Cash' doc set to stir up controversy as it debuts at Cannes

05/10/16 04:01PM

    CANNES, France – A massive police force will be guarding the Film Festival this year under the watchful eye of a former Israeli Defense Force commander.          But the only real grenade thrown may not come from terrorists but by the right-wing producers of a devastating new documentary about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged influence... read more

Security agents stand close as Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump votes at his local polling station in New York's primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Here's what Donald Trump thinks about voting

05/10/16 01:21PM

Donald Trump has said he wants “maximum voter participation,” and that he’s running a campaign “based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.” But when it comes to the voting laws that threaten to disenfranchise voters in states across the country this year, he sings a very different tune. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a primary night campaign event, May 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (Photo by Darron Cummings/AP)

Cruz declines to endorse Trump, won't rule out restarting bid

05/10/16 12:50PM

Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz declined Tuesday to say that he will support Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, leaving open the possibility of restarting his own White House bid if he sees "a viable path to victory."Pressed by supporter Glenn Beck in an interview if he could consider jumping back into the 2016 race if... read more

Donald Trump supporters listen to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Spokane, Wash., May 7, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Reuters)

Trump forces didn't just beat the establishment, they overran it

05/10/16 11:45AM

Donald Trump didn't just outlast a long list of Republican challengers to be the last man standing for the presidential nomination. He won by remaking the Republican Primary electorate itself.About 25.7 million people have voted in the 2016 Republican primaries and caucuses so far. That's about seven million more votes than were cast... read more