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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and his Vice Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina before a taping of Fox News Channel's The Sean Hannity Show at the Indiana War Memorial, April 29, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Ted Cruz responds to Caitlyn Jenner's bathroom break

04/30/16 05:02PM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to reality TV star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner and doubled down on his criticism of Donald Trump and others who have come out against so-called "bathroom bills" like the one passed inNorth Carolina last month.In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Cruz claimed Pres. Barack Obama,... read more

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during a campaign event April 25, 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Kasich: Gay people 'probably' born that way

04/30/16 10:42AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday was pressed by a man in California to answer whether or not he believed people are born gay, setting off a lengthy and somewhat testy exchange that resulted in the Republican presidential candidate declaring that he believes gay people are "probably" born that way."Do you... read more

A projected image is shown on a large screen during President Barack Obama's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Martin H. Simon/Getty)

That time when Barack Obama and Seth Meyers roasted Donald Trump

04/29/16 08:45PM

That Time When Barack Obama and Seth Meyers Roasted Donald Trumpby NBC NEWSSHAREShareTweetShareEmailPrintCommentPlayFacebookTwitterGoogle PlusEmbed When Obama and Seth Meyers roasted Trump 2:25This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner will mark the five-year anniversary of the night President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers... read more

Protestors block traffic outside of the California Republican Party Convention where Donald Trump is scheduled to speak on April 29, 2016 in Burlingame, Calif. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty)

Protesters and police clash outside Trump rally in California

04/29/16 03:52PM

Protesters are clashing with police outside a state GOP convention in Burlingame, California, where Donald Trump was expected to speak Friday.Several hundred protesters gathered outside a hotel near San Francisco while awaiting the Republican presidential front-runner.A group overran police barricades and reached the entrance of the hotel,... read more

Monica Lewinsky and her stepmother, Barbara Lewinsky push through a large crowd of media as they leave a restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., Feb. 5, 1998. (Photo by Nick Ut/AP)

The Monica Lewinsky jokes are back

04/29/16 03:42PM

 It’s only a matter of time before Monica Lewinsky becomes a household name –again. The onetime White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton got the former president impeached by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and shamed Lewinsky through the 90s is back in the headlines, as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump champions... read more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) delivers opening remarks at the start of a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office building on Capitol Hill, Oct. 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

GOP elites are reaching the ‘acceptance phase' for Donald Trump

04/29/16 02:41PM

With Donald Trump’s path to the nomination looking wider by the day, a number of top Republicans are signaling their willingness to support his candidacy – even some who have fiercely criticized him in the past.This softening opposition indicates that the GOP establishment is reaching the “acceptance” stage of the grieving process even as... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally on April 28, 2016 in Costa Mesa, Calif. (Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

Trump's California campaign shows how he could doom the GOP

04/29/16 02:07PM

California's history as a reliably red state that rapidly transformed into a deep-blue hue in presidential elections will foreverly serve as a cautionary tale for Republicans -- demonize immigrants, and risk ceding political power to Democrats in a backlash that will reverberate for generations.But conventional political wisdom has done... read more

Gov. Mike Pence talks with the media at the Indiana Republican Party elections results viewing party in Indianapolis Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by AJ Mast/AP)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence endorses Cruz while commending Trump

04/29/16 10:59AM

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of the Hoosier State's critical primary, a source familiar with the announcement told NBC News.The endorsement comes four days before the primary contest that is essential for Cruz if he hopes to prevent Donald Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)

This is Bernie Sanders' plan B

04/29/16 10:32AM

The contest may be over, but the mission is not for Bernie Sanders and his supporters.Winning the Democratic presidential nomination is all-but-impossible, so Sanders will spend the next 79 days before the Democratic National Convention accuring as much leverage as possible before he sits down at the bargaining table.“The power of the political... read more

Donald Trump holds a press conference and then speaks at a lunch for the Staten Island GOP, April 17, 2016.

First Read: What Boehner vs. Cruz reveals about Trump's success

04/29/16 09:31AM

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.How Boehner-vs.-Cruz reveals why "Stop Trump" has been stopped in its tracksThe back-and-forth over former House Speaker John Boehner's comments about Ted Cruz -- "Lucifer in... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his New York primary victory rally at Trump Tower, New York, N.Y., April 19, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Is Indiana the last hope for #NeverTrump?

04/28/16 06:10PM

For conservatives hoping to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican party’s nomination, all eyes are on Indiana. "If we win Indiana, it's over!” Trump declared during a rally on Thursday. “Indiana will play the decisive role that it is going to play in this primary,” Cruz said later in the day. “Indiana has the opportunity to... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Ind., April 28, 2016. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Trump: 'If we win in Indiana, it's over'

04/28/16 04:39PM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Donald Trump continued his pivot toward the general election on Thursday with a low-key but energetic Indiana rally where he made his case against Hillary Clinton."I will be so much better to women than Hillary Clinton is — for healthcare issues, on the protection of our country," he told a crowd of more than 2,500... read more

Actress Susan Sarandon introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Burlington, Iowa, Jan., 28, 2016. (Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

Do celebrity endorsements help or hurt?

04/28/16 02:59PM

Celebrities have been ubiquitous on the campaign trail this season. Even the GOP front-runner himself, Donald Trump, has been a famous personality for decades. Celebrity surrogates have been driving the news cycle, and in some cases forcing their preferred candidates of message.On Wednesday, actress Susan Sarandon, a passionate Bernie Sanders... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, S.C., Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

First Read: Cruz and allies have five days to stop Trump

04/28/16 09:58AM

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.Cruz and allies have five days to stop TrumpWhen Ted Cruz unveiled Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday, and when he struck that alliance/truce with John Kasich on Sunday night, they... read more

House Speaker John Boehner announces his resignation during a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sept. 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty)

Former Speaker Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

04/28/16 09:09AM

John Boehner is not a big fan of Ted Cruz.So much so, in fact, that the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch."Asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government ... read more

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