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Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on stage at the first Democratic Presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Bernie Sanders' unlikely role model: Hillary Clinton

03/31/16 09:25AM

By staying in Democratic primary despite the odds, Bernie Sanders is following in the footsteps of an unlikely role model: Hillary Clinton.Just like Sanders is pledging to do now, Clinton in 2008 hung on until June, long after the delegate math showed her locked in a trajectory that fell short of the nomination. As Barack Obama’s patience wore... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign rally at St. Norbert College on March 30, 2016 in De Pere, Wis. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Republicans increasingly fret that Trump escalates 'War on Women'

03/30/16 06:39PM

In the span of two days, Donald Trump has suggested that abortion be outlawed and women punished for violating such a ban and forcefully defended his campaign manager, who has been charged with assaulting a woman journalist.For a candidate and a party that struggles among women voters on election days, this week provided more fodder his critics... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks to the media at a campaign stop at Altoona Family Restaurant in Altoona, Wis., March 28, 2016. (Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

New Wisconsin poll shows Cruz leading, close Dem race

03/30/16 02:36PM

A new Wisconsin poll shows that Ted Cruz now leads Donald Trump in advance of the state's primary next Tuesday.The poll by the highly respected Marquette University Law School shows Cruz with the support of 40 percent of likely Republican voters in the state, compared to 30 percent for Trump and 21 percent for John Kasich.That's a... read more

GOP Presidential Candidate John Kasich speaks with the audience during an MSNBC town hall meeting at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church on March 30, 2016, New York City. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty)

John Kasich says he would fire Trump campaign manager Lewandowski

03/30/16 01:41PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that he would have fired Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after video emerged of his altercation with a reporter."Now I heard there is a video I would have gotten rid of him. Period," Kasich told NBC News' Chuck Todd during a town hall conversation airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media at the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. (Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Trump defends campaign manager in heated interview

03/30/16 10:02AM

A clearly agitated Donald Trump continued to defend his campaign manager over accusations he grabbed a reporter, telling TODAY in a heated phone conversation "the incident was so minor" his chief staffer probably didn't remember it. read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen at his "Make America's Military Great Again" rally, which was held aboard the retired USS Iowa battleship, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Backing away from the GOP loyalty pledge

03/30/16 09:19AM

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.Broken promisesBack in September, when Donald Trump signed that loyalty pledge to the Republican Party with great fanfare, how many people really thought the promise would hold? Last night marked... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally in Carmel, Ind., on May 2, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Donald Trump's rapidly changing policy positions

03/30/16 07:03AM

It's difficult to glean a platform from Trump's powerfully incoherent rhetoric while navigating the quicksand-like task of separating fact from Trump's many exaggerations and outright falsehoods in thousands of interviews. It's perhaps harder still to get the GOP front-runner to address policy questions directly: the... read more

Senator Marco Rubio pauses as he speaks at the Red State Gathering in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 8, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Rubio makes unprecedented bid to keep delegates for contested convention

03/30/16 12:48AM

Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for President.The unusual move reflects preparations for a contested convention this summer — and comes as Donald Trump backed away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party's nominee if he is treated unfairly after... read more

Concerned Student 1950, led by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, second from right, speaks following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign, Nov. 9, 2015, in Columbia, Mo.

How 'vigorous civility' can protect free speech amid heated debate

03/29/16 03:06PM

Vigorous Civility as a Model for Debate  We are witnessing an impoverished notion of debate in our society. On a daily basis we see the two ways in which our ability to debate important issues is breaking down.  First, America’s public square has seen a coarsening of our collective discourse. Presidential debates and campaigns should be great... read more

Corey Lewandowski campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with the media at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski charged with assaulting reporter

03/29/16 11:41AM

Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski turned himself in to Florida police Tuesday after being charged with assaulting a reporter at a campaign event earlier this month, according to the Jupiter Police Department.Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart, filed charges alleging that Lewandowski pulled her arm while she attempted to ask... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., March 28, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Hillary Clinton slams Republicans' vow to block Obama's SCOTUS nomination

03/28/16 07:06PM

MADISON, Wisc. – In her lengthiest comments on the Supreme Court vacancy yet, Hillary Clinton slammed Republicans for vowing to block the president’s nominee and called the standstill a “make or break moment” that is “revealing the worst of our politics.”With this “obstructionism,” Clinton argued, Republicans are showing “the same disregard for... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media at the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. (Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Trump defends campaign in contentious interview with #NeverTrump supporter

03/28/16 03:30PM

Donald Trump defended his treatment of women and the tenor of his campaign on Monday in a radio interview with a conservative committed to derailing his White House bid.Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes pushed Trump about his increasingly personal jabs at Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, before revealing to the GOP frontrunner that he is a ... read more

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