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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks toward Jeb Bush, right, as Scott Walker watches during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Donald Trump grabs the spotlight in GOP debate

08/06/15 09:36PM

Donald Trump continued to dominate Republican 2016 presidential contest in Thursday's first primary debate, using his trademark bluster to attack his rivals and defend past controversial statements while deflecting questions about past campaign contributions and his own business record. Nine other candidates sharing the stage with Trump... read more

A Planned Parenthood location is seen on Aug. 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

GOP debaters attack Planned Parenthood

08/06/15 07:42PM

It may have been the debate for the lowest-polling candidates, but in the so-called happy hour debate of Republican presidential hopefuls, no one wanted to be outdone in their disdain for Planned Parenthood. ... read more

Donald Trump speaks during the Republican Society Patriot Dinner at the Citadel Military College on Feb. 22, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty)

Donald Trump on GOP debate: 'I've been preparing all my life'

08/06/15 07:20PM

It's being hailed online as the must-see TV event of the summer, and all eyes will be on Donald Trump.Asked as he was stepping off his private plane in Cleveland whether he prepared for Thursday night's FOX News debate, Trump replied, "Let's put it this way: I've been preparing all my life.""We have to make our... read more

Republican presidential hopefuls arrive on stage for the start of the Republican presidential primary debate on Aug. 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

Low-polling GOP candidates vie for relevance

08/06/15 05:35PM

Seven low-polling Republican presidential hopefuls made the case for their candidacies Thursday at a a 60-minute forum hours before the first major debate of the 2016 cycle. Donald Trump, the top polling contender and headliner of the main event, overshadowed the so-called "kids table" forum from the start, with former Texas Gov. Rick... read more

Democratic Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on July 31, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Clinton slams GOP on voting rights ahead of debate

08/06/15 02:53PM

Just ahead of the first Republican presidential debate, Hillary Clinton told civil right activist Al Sharpton Thursday that Republicans are being “nakedly partisan” when they impose restrictions on voting rights in the name of rooting out voter fraud. ... read more

Chris Christie Campaigns Across The Hawkeye State (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Teachers to Christie: Apologize to us over ‘punch in the face’ quip

08/06/15 11:31AM

Teachers enraged over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s recent declaration that their unions deserve a “punch in the face” are demanding the Republican presidential candidate apologize.Nearly 32,000 people have signed a petition spearheaded by the  American Federation of Teachers asking the governor to say he’s sorry. It argues Christie “seems to... read more

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Sanders and O'Malley blast DNC over debate schedule

08/06/15 11:09AM

Democratic presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders are not happy with the Democratic National Committee after it announced its schedule for the six presidential debates the party will host between this fall and early next year. The DNC announced in May that it would hold only six debates, a decision the underdog... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a rally before a crowd of 3,500, July 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Candidates prepare to take on Trump in debate

08/06/15 06:57AM

The wait is over. The entire Republican presidential field is gathering in Cleveland on Thursday for the first debate of the cycle, where candidates will look to distinguish themselves in a crowded group headlined by polling leader Donald Trump. In fact, there are two debates on Thursday. In order to accommodate the Republican field’s 17 major... read more