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Former President Bill Clinton addresses the audience at Freedom Temple Ministry while campaigning for his wife, Feb. 25, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty)

Bill Clinton tangles with Black Lives Matter activists in Philadelphia

04/07/16 07:30PM

PHILADELPHIA -- There were only two Black Lives Matters protesters, but they dominated Bill Clinton’s appearance at a recreation center Thursday, engaging in a heated back and forth with the former president for more than 10 minutes over everything from American imperialism to the 1994 crime bill.  The former president at first seemed to take... read more

In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after speaking at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Trump's campaign manager once fought Obama's $5K security cost

04/07/16 05:40PM

Trump's Campaign Manager Once Fought Obama's $5K Security CostBY LEIGH ANN CALDWELL AND ALI VITALIWhen President Barack Obama held a campaign rally in Windham, New Hampshire in 2012, Republican operative Corey Lewandowski launched a massive effort to force his campaign to reimburse the town for security costs.Now Lewandowski serves as... read more

Senator Lindsey Graham is surrounded by reporters outside a Republican presidential candidates debate in Greenville, S.C., Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Lindsey Graham: Foreign leaders 'dumbfounded' by Trump policies

04/07/16 04:09PM

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tried to reassure foreign leaders that Donald Trump is nothing to worry about during a trip to the Middle East last week."Everybody asked me about Trump in terms of policy changes. I said he is an outlier, don't look at him," Graham told reporters Thursday about his overseas trip.The most serious... read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia, Penn., April 6, 2016. (Photo by Charles Mostoller/Reuters)

#HillarySoQualified erupts on Twitter after Sanders' criticism

04/07/16 10:26AM

Despite the Clinton campaign's immediate defense, #HillarySoQualified took a sarcastic backfire with about 129,000 tweets trending around the topic on Twitter as of Thursday morning. The tweets from Sanders' supporters range from critiques about Clinton stealing Sanders' platform, her Super PAC politics, to a quote by her former... read more

First Read: The Democratic race takes a nastier turn

04/07/16 09:48AM

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.The Democratic race takes a nastier turnThe 2008 Barack Obama-vs.-Hillary Clinton presidential race was combative, competitive, and polarizing for Democratic voters. ("Shame on you, Barack... read more

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump interacts with supporters following a campaign rally on April 6, 2016 in Bethpage, N.Y. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty)

What I saw at Trump's homecoming rally

04/07/16 08:10AM

BETHPAGE, NEW YORK – It was only right that Donald Trump held his first New York rally not in lofty Manhattan, which he now calls home, nor even in the earthier borough of Queens where he was raised, but on Long Island. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, April 6, 2016, in Bethpage, N.Y. (Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)

Trump’s weak delegate operation could derail his nomination

04/07/16 07:11AM

Trump’s weak delegate operation could derail his nominationBy Benjy SarlinThere’s a recurring question among the Republicans gathering in Colorado at state and local conventions to choose delegates this week: “Where’s Donald Trump?”Colorado is a rare state where party officials choose delegates without any input from a primary or caucus vote.... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) speaks at a rally at Temple University on April 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty)

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton not 'qualified' to be president

04/06/16 11:25PM

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton not 'qualified' to be presidentPHILADELPHIA — The gloves are truly off between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.Less than 24 hours after Sanders' big win in Wisconsin, the senator from Vermont hammered Clinton for not being "qualified" to be president."Now the other day, I think,... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on stage during campaign event at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, N.Y. on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Trump returns to roots with 'New York values' on full display

04/06/16 10:18PM

Trump Returns to Roots with 'New York Values' on Full DisplayBY ALI VITALI , JACOB RASCON AND SHAQUILLE BREWSTERBETHPAGE, N.Y. — If Trump lost momentum by losing Wisconsin, you wouldn't have known it on Long Island."It's great to be home," the Queens-N.Y.-native said, lavishing love on a audience that was ready to... read more

Republican Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz makes a stop at the Armory restaurant in downtown Janesville, Wis., on March 24, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette/AP)

Cruz positioning loyalists in Arizona for big convention swing

04/06/16 08:53PM

Cruz Positioning Loyalists in Arizona for Big Convention Swingby VAUGHN HILLYARDArizona Republicans voted nearly two-to-one for Donald Trump over Ted Cruz on March 22, handing all of the state's 58 delegates to Trump.But if the GOP race heads to the convention floor, Arizona's massive haul of delegates could overwhelmingly swing to... read more

Sen. Ted Cruz holds a rally in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016.  (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Map and math about to get tougher for Cruz, Sanders

04/06/16 09:50AM

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.After their wins, the map and the math get tougher for Cruz, SandersIt was mission accomplished for both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin last night. Cruz won almost all of Wisconsin'... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he leaves a campaign rally in De Pere, Wis., March 30, 2016. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Infighting, frustration rile Trump's team: Sources

04/06/16 07:29AM

Donald Trump's campaign is facing new internal discord over who is advising the candidate and whether his current team must expand if he is to make good on his quest for his party's presidential nomination, sources within the team told NBC News.The dissent comes at a pivotal moment for a campaign team coming off a significant loss in... read more