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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, center, speaks to supporters and delegates at the National Libertarian Party Convention, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by John Raoux/AP)

Libertarians see opening in 2016 frustrations

05/27/16 05:02PM

Libertarians delight in 2016 frustrations ORLANDO -- With historically unpopular candidates taking the helm of the two major parties, record levels of dissatisfied voters, and big rifts in the parties, Libertarians see an opening. “The Republicans and Democrats have done the Libertarian Party a huge favor with this,” said Steve Scheetz, 46, a... read more

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Fresno on May 27, 2016 in Fresno, Calif. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Trump now says debate with Sanders would be 'inappropriate'

05/27/16 04:27PM

Donald Trump says that he won't debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders after all.'Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate... read more

Teresa Parraga listens during a Latino get-out-the-caucus event, Feb. 16, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

Why polls on Latinos get it wrong: Here's what to look for

05/27/16 03:18PM

The 2016 presidential election is well under way and understanding "the Latino vote" will be more important than ever. Yet the stories about how Latinos behave politically will often be contradictory, confusing, and outright nonsensical.The media is always eager to publish stories associated with data because numbers bring a certain... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses while speaking during an event in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Vince Foster's sister condemns Trump for raising death conspiracy

05/26/16 11:03PM

Vince Foster's sister on Thursday condemned Donald Trump for bringing up a discredited conspiracy theory regarding her brother's suicide, calling the GOP nominee's remarks "beyond contempt."Trump in a recent interview with The Washington Post referenced the widely-debunked theory that Foster, a former White House aide to... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before a rally on May 26, 2016 in Bismarck, N.D. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Donald Trump pledges to rip up Paris climate agreement in energy speech

05/26/16 04:57PM

In a rare prepared speech, Donald Trump outlined his energy policy in Bismarck, North Dakota. Trump is known for bucking conservative orthodoxy, but on Thursday he largely hewed to the typical Republican line. Reading from a teleprompter, Trump called for reducing restrictions on energy exploration, opening up more federal lands to drilling, and... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with the media as he stops in for breakfast at Miss Katie's Diner, while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wis., April 3, 2016. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters)

Trump in 2004: Pregnancy is an 'inconvenience' to employers

05/26/16 03:39PM

Donald Trump has said that pregnancy is "wonderful" -- unless you're an employer.In an October 2004 interview with NBC's "Dateline," Trump said pregnancy is "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want... read more

Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 29, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Recanvass in Kentucky confirms Clinton win over Sanders

05/26/16 02:01PM

A recanvass of Democratic primary results in Kentucky confirmed that Clinton won the May 17 contest over Bernie Sanders, the Kentucky secretary of state said on Thursday.Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes announced that there were "the recanvass results did not alter the outcome of the election."Sanders requested the recanvass... read more

David Koch listens to Mitt Romney speak in Washington on Nov. 4, 2011.

Koch-backed group drops $3 million against Democrat In PA Senate race

05/26/16 10:43AM

The Charles and David Koch backed super PAC Freedom Partners Action Fund has purchased a $3 million advertising buy targeting the Pennsylvania Senate race. It's a large investment in a Senate race six months before Election Day, signaling that the group is going to aggressively play in races where they are ideologically aligned with the... read more

Donald Trump speaks at a rally on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

First Read: Trump's weaknesses overshadow Clinton's

05/26/16 09:15AM

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.Trump's weaknesses overshadow Clinton'sYesterday's stinging State Department inspector general report on Hillary Clinton's email practices should have produced one of the worst... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International Union hall, May 25, 2016, in Buena Park, Calif. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

What the State Department email report means for Hillary Clinton

05/25/16 08:38PM

What the State Department Email Report Means for Hillary Clintonby ALEX JOHNSONThe topline of the highly critical report by the State Department's inspector general into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state is that she "did not comply with the Department's policies." But what... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Albuquerque, N.M., May 24, 2016. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Trump says State Department audit 'bad news' for Clinton

05/25/16 06:30PM

ANAHEIM, Cali. — Donald Trump on Wednesday said a new Inspector Generalaudit that found Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server as Secretary of State is simply "not good."The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been outspoken about Clinton's email scandal, saying she... read more

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, meets with members of the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Ryan: 'I haven't made a decision' on a Trump endorsement

05/25/16 02:45PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan says that he has not made a decision about endorsing Donald Trump."I haven't made a decision," Ryan told reporters in an off-camera briefing Wednesday. "I don't have a timeline in my mind."The comments come after some news outlets reported overnight that Ryan's endorsement of Trump was... read more