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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Phoenix (Photo by Nancy Wiechec/Reuters).

Donald Trump escalates war with Lindsey Graham

07/21/15 02:00PM

Not one to shy away from name-calling, Donald Trump again showed Tuesday what happens when he's on the receiving end of an insult from a rival.Appearing in the home state of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently labeled Trump "a jackass," Trump claimed that Graham -- whom he called a "lightweight" and a "... read more

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Charlie Leight/Getty)

Trump exploits the GOP’s two great weaknesses

07/21/15 10:13AM

Can John Kasich get traction in the Summer of Donald? ... Kasich announces his presidential bid at 11:00 am ET from Ohio … But he has work to do to make that first GOP debate … MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt profiles John Kasich ... Trump exploits the GOP’s two great weaknesses, per the New Yorker … Over/under on 2016 TV ad spending: $4.4 billion — and that... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks at a campaign stop in Haverhill (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters).

Scott Walker’s needs to win Iowa. Here’s how he plans to do it.

07/20/15 05:56PM

Hed: Scott Walker’s the frontrunner to win Iowa. Here’s how he plans to do it.Subhed: Scott Walker is running hard to the right and playing up his Midwestern roots in Iowa.Byline: Benjy sarlin  Plainfield, Iowa – “I’m proud to have grown up as a Midwesterner spending my time both in Iowa and Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas waits to be announced to speak at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) meeting, April 29, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Cliff Owen/AP)

2016 Republicans tee off on Trump — with one exception

07/20/15 09:24AM

Trump vs. McCain continues… Is this a tipping point? Or is it simply the beginning?... The governing wing of the GOP (McCain) vs. its aggrieved/bombastic side (Trump)… The 2016 Republicans tee off on Trump -- with one exception… Why Fox and GOP can’t dump Trump from that first debate… Four additional questions we have on Trump vs. McCain… Jeb... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks on stage to speak before a crowd of 3,500, July 11, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Trump offers no apologizes for McCain war record attack

07/19/15 01:26PM

In his first interview since making remarks critical of Sen. John McCain's war record, Donald Trump on Sunday did not back down, saying he doesn't owe the Arizona Republican an apology and that former GOP presidential nominee "has done nothing to help the veterans except talk." ... read more

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Lincoln Chafee stand on stage during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner on July 17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

The Democratic primary has officially begun

07/18/15 12:19AM

After a slow start, the Democratic presidential contest officially began here Friday night.In front of 1,300 activists here, all five of the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates gathered for the first time in one place together. While sparks did not fly on stage, supporters of rival candidates faced off outside and tried to out-do each other... read more

Former Va. Sen. Jim Webb speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association presidential forum on June 30, 2015, in Baltimore, Md. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Jim Webb: Slain Marines should have had guns

07/17/15 06:41PM

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb called for letting service members carry weapons at military facilities in light of the shooting at two Marine recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week, in an exclusive interview with msnbc. Webb, a former Marine, said he is not only heartbroken by the shooting but also concerned “about... read more

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waves to the crowd after her introduction at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit (Photo by David Coates/AP).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren lays out a 2016 litmus test at Netroots

07/17/15 05:28PM

PHOENIX –Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked progressives judge all presidential contenders with a very simple litmus test: do they support the bill introduced to end Wall Street bonuses for outgoing executives taking government jobs?“It’s bill that any presidential candidate should be able to cheer for,” she declared to thundering applause. “That’s why... read more

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in a grassroots organizing event at a private home July 16, 2015 in Windham, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty)

Big stakes for 2016 Democrats as they meet together for first time

07/17/15 09:44AM

For the first time, the entire 2016 Democratic presidential field will gather together in one place Friday night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All five candidates, from prohibitive frontrunner Hillary Clinton to self-funding longshot Lincoln Chafee, will make their pitches at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame dinner. It will be fist chance for... read more

Progressives descend on Phoenix for Netroots Nation

07/17/15 07:51AM

Just days after Donald Trump drew thousands to rally behind anti-immigrant rhetoric here in Phoenix, thousands of the country’s progressives are descending on the same city for a weekend of politics at the other end of the spectrum.The left wing of the Democratic Party will join together for three full days of organizing workshops, at least one... read more