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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holds a Town Hall meeting in Franklin, N.J. on April 15, 2014. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux)

Donald Trump taps Chris Christie to lead transition team

05/09/16 11:45AM

Donald Trump is looking beyond the convention, the fall campaign and election itself to begin to plan for a massive takeover affecting four million employees: the governing stage.In a new role, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will serve as chairman to assemble a transition team of experts on domestic and foreign policy to begin the... read more

Donald Trump speaks at the New York County Republican Committee Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 12, 2014 in N.Y. (Photo by John Moore/Getty)

Trump's tax plan changed (again and again)

05/09/16 11:44AM

Donald Trump said Monday that tax plan lowers taxes on the wealthy, while Sunday, he said they’d rise under his administration. Trump told CNN on Monday morning that when he said Sunday on NBC that the wealthy would likely see a tax hike, he wasn’t raising taxes but rather was proposing a drastic cut and then allowing others to negotiate it up.... read more

Donald Trump arrived in Southern California Tuesday evening for a campaign rally hosted by Veterans for a Strong America, just one day ahead of the second Republican presidential debate on Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Why Trump's flip-flop on taxes matters

05/09/16 09:24AM

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.Why Trump's flip-flop on taxes is astonishing — and so importantDonald Trump's recent declaration that taxes for the wealthy should increase is an amazing turn of events in this... read more

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Donald Trump arrive at a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Donald Trump calls Mitt Romney 'ungrateful' for his support

05/08/16 05:53PM

It's presumptive nominee versus former nominee.Donald Trump called Mitt Romney "ungrateful" for his support during the 2012 Republican primary. Trump said, "Every single robocall I made, he won that state. Every single speech I made, he won that state, in terms of the primaries.""I believe I won him, or helped him... read more

World War II veteran and former Sen. Bob Dole attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Nov. 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

Former GOP nominee Bob Dole endorses Donald Trump

05/06/16 09:39PM

Former GOP Nominee Bob Dole Endorses Donald TrumpBY VAUGHN HILLYARD AND ALI VITALIFormer senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole on Friday endorsed Donald Trump, becoming the latest GOP leader to back the real estate mogul even as others have distanced themselves from the candidate."The voters of our country have turned... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to his campaign volunteers at the local headquarters on, May 4, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo by Miranda Pederson/Daily News/AP)

Bernie Sanders makes things awkward for Hillary Clinton's DNC takeover

05/06/16 07:55PM

Bernie Sanders’ decision to stay in the Democratic presidential race until the end has complicated what is typically one of the first orders of business of any new presidential nominee: Taking over the party apparatus ahead of the national convention.Donald Trump will soon begin co-opting the Republican National Committee while Democrats wait... read more

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., March 4, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP)

Priebus: Ryan 'wants to get there' on Trump endorsement

05/06/16 10:58AM

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said Friday that House Speaker Paul Ryan is still prepared to "work through" his reservations about supporting Donald Trump, leaving the door open to an eventual endorsement by the former vice presidential pick."He wants to get there," Priebus said at a breakfast sponsored by... read more

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends a meeting, April 11, 2011, in New York, NY. (Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP)

Large GOP donors warming up to Trump, but not everyone is sold

05/06/16 10:54AM

Donald Trump, the candidate who has shunned large donations and a "corrupt" campaign finance system is quickly gearing up for a general election race by doing the exact things he derided during the primary. And the large donors that traditionally bank roll Republican candidates are divided on their support of the likely Republican... read more