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Donald Trump introduces Trump University at a press conference in Trump Tower, New York, May 2005. (Photo by Dan Herrick/KPA/ZUMA)

Trump dodges issue of judicial bias in Trump University statement

06/07/16 05:46PM

Donald Trump has drawn the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after claiming that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel should recuse himself from presiding over a case involving Trump University. The presumptive Republican nominee claims that the Indiana-born judge, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, is biased against him because of Trump&... read more

In this photo taken June 2, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a rally in San Jose, Calif. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)

Trump defends 'misconstrued' attacks on judge

06/07/16 04:41PM

Donald Trump on Tuesday released a statement on the ongoing controversy with Judge Curiel and the continuing legal battle with Trump University, attempting to close the book on the burgeoning controversy that has put the GOP into a tailspin.In a written statement released by email, Trump defended Trump University and highlighted thousands of... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Clinton 'excited' about historic nature of likely nomination

06/06/16 03:58PM

Nearly eight years to the day that Hillary Clinton ended her first presidential run, the former secretary of state said she is not allowing herself to think about the historical significance of likely clinching the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday."It's really emotional. And I am someone who has been very touched and... read more

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, Okla., July 16, 2015. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Are bipartisan efforts on criminal justice reform at an impasse?

06/06/16 03:51PM

Bipartisan enthusiasm for efforts to reform America's criminal justice system has waned —stalling not only a bill President Obama is advocating, but halting movement on an issue the president considers part of his legacy."There were some promising signs two years ago, and some of thrill is gone," said David Dagan, a political... read more

Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo by Gabrielle Lurie/AFP/Getty)

Gender and the presidency: A look through polling history

06/06/16 03:06PM

Eight years ago this Tuesday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, noting in the most explicit terms of her campaign how history might view her first White House run through a prism of gender."Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got... read more

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has his hands bandaged by his manager Angelo Dundee before the day's training session at the Territorial Army Gymnasium at White City, London on May 16, 1966. (R. McPhedran/Express/Getty)

Muhammad Ali death puts Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric under microscope

06/06/16 02:09PM

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, arguably the most beloved Muslim-American in the world, could not have come at a more inopportune time for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been under fire for his controversial racial and religious rhetoric as of late.Ali had criticized Trump's proposed Muslim ban... read more

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York, March 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

The presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton

06/06/16 10:00AM

As the Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton arguably boasts experience in government and on the campaign trail unparalleled by anyone in the 2016 presidential field — but that has also made her a high-profile target for attack, allowing critics to spotlight numerous controversies in her past. read more

The presidential campaign: Donald Trump

06/06/16 10:00AM

Donald Trump has traveled the country since his presidential campaign announcement in June, toting his official campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The real estate mogul has has ran a primarily self-funded, anti-establishment campaign, and he has led nearly every national poll since campaigning began. read more

Bernie Sanders holds a rally in San Diego, Calif., June 5, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: What will Bernie Sanders do?

06/06/16 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.What Will Bernie Do?After her victories over the weekend in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Hillary Clinton is now just 19 delegates away from hitting the 2,383 magic number of delegates... read more

David French. (Photo by George Widman/AP)

David French won't mount independent bid for president

06/05/16 10:27PM

David French, the conservative writer and lawyer floated by anti-Donald Trump forces as a potential independent presidential candidate in 2016, says he will not mount a White House bid.In an article posted on the National Review's web site Sunday night, French said he opposes both Trump and Hillary Clinton but determined after "serious... read more

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally at Hueneme High School on June 4, 2016 in Oxnard, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

On verge of nomination clinch, Clinton wins in Puerto Rico

06/05/16 10:17PM

Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary Sunday, edging her even closer to the delegate majority she needs to become the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.A total of 60 pledged delegates were at stake in the island primary contest.Many Puerto Rico voters faced long lines and confusion over polling stations, many of which had closed... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits after speaking at a campaign rally in San Jose, Calif., June 2, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

What is Donald Trump's position on Libya?

06/05/16 04:08PM

In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Donald Trump was forced to square how he can hit Hillary Clinton for Libya while previously expressing support for the intervention on humanitarian basis in a video blog in 2011. Finally he said he "was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now." What's more telling is that... read more