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Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on May 20, 2016, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Photo by James Nord/AP)

Bill Clinton says of GOP attacks: 'They accused me of murder'

05/20/16 10:36PM

FARGO, N.D. — Former President Bill Clinton told a North Dakota crowd Friday that Republican attacks on Hillary Clinton are part of a strategy to "delegitimize" their opponents — and the tactic is not a new one."You think the stuff they said about her is bad? They accused me of murder," he said, referring to conspiracy... read more

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Trey Gowdy: Benghazi report will be out before conventions

05/20/16 07:30PM

It’s been nearly four years since a September 11, 2012, raid on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, left four U.S. citizens dead, including an ambassadord, and more than two years since the House formed a special committee to investigate the attacks, but a report of the events is coming soon – very soon.It just might not be the... read more

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during his rally at the Charleston Civic Center on May 5, 2016 in Charleston, W. Va. (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty)

Trump's message on super PACs takes general election turn

05/20/16 06:32PM

NEW YORK — Donald Trump has devoted much of his campaign to railing against a corrupt system where politicians must answer to their donors — and to promising his supporters that he will break that mold.But on the issue of outside money and funding in the general election, what Trump says and what his campaign does isn't quite matching up.... read more

Former New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends a campaign event in the Rockaways section in the Queens borough of New York, July 31, 2013. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

What the documentary 'Weiner' teaches us

05/20/16 05:14PM

Every time political junkies think the Anthony Weiner saga is over, the embattled Democrat seems to re-emerge. This weekend he will be making his debut as a movie star — at the center of a critically acclaimed new documentary which opens Friday, aptly named "Weiner." ... read more

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz attends the third Democratic presidential debate, Manchester, N.H., Dec. 19, 2015. (Photo by Luke William Pasley/Pacific Press/ZUMA)

Democrats consider new rules to avoid convention chaos

05/20/16 04:53PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Still reeling from the chaos surrounding last weekend’s Nevada Democratic State convention, party officials considered new guidelines Friday that would bar interruptions of any kind at upcoming state conventions during a meeting here. Last week’s unrest was on everyone’s mind at a meeting of State Democratic Party chairmen, who... read more

Donald Trump speaks after accepting an endorsement at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Trump to NRA: Clinton 'most anti-gun' candidate ever

05/20/16 04:17PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "the most anti-gun" candidate ever to run for office and pledged to defend the Second Amendment during an address at the National Rifle Association's national convention here on Friday."The Second Amendment is under threat like never before," Trump told the crowd. ... read more

Number 10 Downing Street's front door on Feb. 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty)

British officials: No 10 Downing Street invite for Trump yet

05/20/16 03:55PM

After Donald Trump suggested Friday that he has been invited to visit UK Prime Minister David Cameron at his famed 10 Downing Street office in London, British officials said that no formal invitation to Trump has been made and that such a visit will only be put on the calendar after Trump is officially nominated.Trump said on MSNBC's... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 17, 2016. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The questions Donald Trump should answer

05/20/16 02:21PM

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t ever at a loss for words. He tweets, he does interviews, holds rallies, and calls into every show imaginable. One thing he doesn’t do: allow himself to get pinned down. ... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters  in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Trump taps DC lawyer who vetted Palin for VP search

05/20/16 01:13PM

Donald Trump has hired the same D.C. power lawyer who vetted Sarah Palin in 2008 to conduct the legal review of his potential running mate.NBC News confirms that A.B. Culvahouse, a partner in the firm O'Melveny & Myers, will lead the process of sifting through financial, legal and other background materials submitted by potential... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a fundraising event in Lawrenceville, N.J., on May 19, 2016. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?

05/20/16 10:48AM

Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?Presumptive nominee Donald Trump wants to rewrite the electoral map."I will win states that no Republican would even run in," Trump told The Associated Press this month. It’s a promise Trump’s been making for months – that his special brand of populism, winning, and celebrity... read more

Donald Trump speaks before accepting an endorsement at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Trump aims to assure wary gun rights supporters with NRA speech

05/20/16 10:11AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Donald Trump will have another chance to reassure wary conservatives still reluctant to back a candidate who once expressed support for an assault weapons ban and contributed to anti-gun Democrats when he speaks at the National Rifle Association's national convention Friday.Since expressing support for the ban and a longer... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald walks to the stage past an American flag at a fundraising event where he appeared with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Lawrenceville, N.J., May 19, 2016. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

First Read: Why calling Trump 'risky' won't work for Democrats

05/20/16 09:29AM

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.Risky Business: Why calling Trump "risky" won't work for DemocratsEarlier this week while campaigning in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for being "a loose... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally May 5, 2016 in Charleston, W.V. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump has a surrogate problem

05/20/16 09:02AM

Donald Trump is picking up plenty of Republican endorsements as he settles into his new role as the party’s presumptive nominee. What they’re supporting, however, isn’t entirely clear.   A number of Trump’s signature positions are still almost wholly unique to him. Even among lawmakers who endorsed him earliest, there’s little vocal support for... read more

Edward Rendell the former Governor of Pennsylvania talks with the media at the funeral of former senator, Oct. 16, 2012. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

What Rendell and Trump have in common

05/19/16 05:21PM

When former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told The Washington Post that Trump’s past comments about women “would come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women,” it instantly caught fire. Though Rendell promptly apologized, the implication, of course, was that Hillary Clinton, whom Rendell supports,... read more