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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson talks to the press after speaking at a Meet and Greet at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 25, 2016. (Photo by Scott Morgan/Reuters)

Amid money woes, Ben Carson cuts campaign staff

02/04/16 10:29AM

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is cutting some of his staff amid money problems, NBC News confirms.The former pediatric neurosurgeon came in fourth in Iowa with 9 percent of the vote. It was a disappointing finish for the candidate who was appealing with religious voters in the state heavily-populated with evangelicals.Carson'... read more

A doctor measures the blood pressure of a patient. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty)

Care at Native American health facilities called 'horrifying and unacceptable' in Senate hearing

02/04/16 10:25AM

One woman died after she was left on the floor of her hospital room, overdosed by poorly trained staff.Others died in ambulances on long journeys to emergency rooms because local facilities were closed for being such a mess.Witness after witness at a Senate hearing Wednesday begged the federal government to properly fund the neglected Indian... read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders speak simultaneously at the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 17, 2016. (Photo by Randall Hill/Reuters)

A party divided going into tonight's debate

02/04/16 09:32AM

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.DURHAM, NH -- Tonight's Democratic debate -- the first one-on-one showdown between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders -- comes 1) after the thisclose race in Iowa, 2) five days before Tuesday... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz pose together before the start of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 15, 2015. (Photo by David Becker/Reuters)

Ted Cruz: Donald is throwing a 'Trumpertantrum'

02/03/16 06:43PM

Ted Cruz gave his harshest assessment yet of Donald Trump’s candidacy on Wednesday, saying the Iowa caucus runner-up is throwing a “Trumpertantrum” after his loss. “It’s no surprise that Donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum – or, if you’d like, yet another ‘Trumpertantrum,’” Cruz told reporters before an event in Goffstown, New... read more

Republican presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum is silhouetted against the backdrop during the undercard debate held by Fox News in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Santorum expected to end 2016 run

02/03/16 03:04PM

Rick Santorum is expected to end his presidential run and throw his support behind a rival candidate during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, according to aides.The decision, first reported by CNN, would make Santorum the third Republican to end his campaign since Iowa. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul... read more

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall style meeting for employees at C & S Wholesalers on Feb. 2, 2016 in Keene, N.H. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

Bush pleads for town hall attendees to 'please clap'

02/03/16 12:23PM

Just days before the nation's first primary vote in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush appears to still be struggling to gain traction. The once-presumed Republican establishment candidate came in sixth in Monday's Iowa caucus, netting 3 percent support, coming in behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul,... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media during a campaign stop at The Colonial Theatre on Feb. 2, 2016, in Keene, N.H. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Dems add four more debates

02/03/16 10:33AM

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off one-on-one in a debate for the first time Thursday, after their campaigns officially agreed to participate in an MSNBC debate moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow in New Hampshire. ... read more

Donald Trump holds a Town Hall in Council Bluffs, Ia., Jan. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Don't underestimate Trump in New Hampshire

02/03/16 09:52AM

Don't underestimate Trump in New HampshireAfter his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump has taken a beating from the political chattering class. He's a loser (which always was the downside for a man whose brand is about winning). His organization in Iowa was subpar (which is true). And his clear path to the GOP nomination is now... read more