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Then, republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a campaign rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 2, 2016 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Ted Cruz suggests 'challenging days' ahead for GOP

05/15/16 10:53AM

DALLAS — Ted Cruz took to his home state on Saturday to suggest times ahead for the Republican Party will be "challenging," continuing to distance himself from backing Donald Trump ahead of this summer's GOP national convention."We may face some challenging days ahead," Cruz told the Texas GOP Convention in Dallas. "... read more

A child walks past a graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin lock lips in Lithuanian street art

05/14/16 04:34PM

Despite the icy relationship between the U.S. and Russia, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have publicly praised one another throughout the real estate mogul's presidential campaign — and now, in a new piece of graffiti in Lithuania, they appear to be closer than ever.Artist Mindaugas Bonanu depicted... read more

John Kasich addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2016 Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

For John Kasich, a difficult choice at the end of the road

05/14/16 01:04PM

One week after ending his presidential bid, Governor John Kasich finds himself in the same position as many of his fellow Republicans, grappling with whether or not to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and, if so, how enthusiastically?Regardless of how he answers the question, Kasich will still play a vital role in the presidential... read more

In this April 9, 1991 file photo, Donald Trump is seen in New York. (Photo by Luiz Ribeiro/AP)

Trump's 1991 phone call unlikely to hurt his campaign: GOP strategist

05/14/16 10:43AM

Reports that Donald Trump posed as his own spokesman in a 1991 telephone interview may not harm his campaign to becoming president, a senior Republican strategist said Saturday.The presumptive GOP nominee has denied he pretended to be his own publicist, despite an audio recording with a reported that reveals a remarkably similar voice.A... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Donald Trump denies posing as publicist in 1991 interview

05/13/16 06:19PM

Donald Trump on Friday denied that he posed as his own spokesman in a 1991 telephone interview, despite an audio recording that reveals his publicist had a remarkably similar voice to the real estate mogul and had exhaustive details about Trump's personal life.A Washington Post report details how Trump posed as "John Miller" or ... read more

Ivanka Trump: Dad has 'elevated' the political discourse

05/13/16 02:42PM

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has qualities that are unseen in U.S. politics, according to real estate mogul's daughter, Ivanka Trump.At a Forbes magazine women’s summit in New York on Thursday, she lauded her father who entered politics last year and described him as a who who has "elevated" the political... 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)

Why the 'tiny, tiny' transgender population should matter to Donald Trump

05/13/16 01:42PM

Donald Trump criticized President Obama on Friday for issuing a sweeping directive that all public school districts should let transgender students use the bathroom in accordance with their gender identity. In an interview with NBC’s “TODAY," Trump said he believed the issue should be left up to the states, rather than the federal... read more

A New Zealand electricity company is using toddlers wearing orange-tinged wigs reminiscent of the real estate mogul's hair to poke fun at the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee. (Screenshot Courtesy of Powershop)

Watch these kids mock Trump in an ad from New Zealand

05/13/16 11:55AM

Donald Trump makes a lot of polarizing statements on the campaign trail, from his pledge to make build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, to the concept that climate change is a hoax, invented by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Now, a New Zealand online electricity retail company is using toddlers dressed in... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting at the National Republican Congressional Committee May 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brendan Smiawloski/AFP/Getty)

First Read: Trump's good day — but bad week

05/13/16 09:30AM

Thursday's trip to Washington was a good day for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Yes, he didn't pick up House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement, but other Republicans (Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, and Ryan's deputies in the House GOP leadership) all eagerly embraced Trump, suggesting that... read more

Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan prepares to speak to the media about his upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 11, 2016. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Four things we learned from Trump's visit to the Hill

05/12/16 10:31PM

Donald Trump's whirlwind series of meetings Thursday on Capitol Hill with top GOP officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, didn't result in a complete healing in the rift between the presumptive nominee and some GOP leaders.Yet both sides hailed the trip as productive.The meetings were closed to the media, but here are four things... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on May 2, 2016 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan could not be further apart

05/12/16 02:37PM

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, who met on Capitol Hill to work out their differences, are probably the two most important Republican figures since President Obama took office.Ryan laid the intellectual groundwork for the House GOP majority that took over in 2010 and now leads it as Speaker. Trump led a populist uprising that trampled on... read more

Former Vice President Dan Quayle is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo in New York, July 24, 2014. (Photo by AP)

Dan Quayle shows support for Donald Trump on TODAY Show: 'He can win'

05/12/16 11:36AM

Former Vice President Dan Quayle said presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has his full support and expects others in the party will follow suit, including House Speaker Paul Ryan."I've been a Republican all my life, I'm going to support the nominee," he said Thursday in an exclusive TODAY interview. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he speaks to his supporters at a campaign event in Tampa, Fla., March 14, 2016. (Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP)

First Read: Three questions about the Trump-Ryan meeting

05/12/16 09:37AM

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.Three questions heading into this morning's Ryan-Trump meetingAt 9:00 am ET at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald... read more