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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson discusses faith during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at a hotel in Broomfield, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Ben Carson plays defense as new biographical questions arise

11/07/15 02:13PM

As Republican presidential front-runner Ben Carson plays defense on accounts that he was offered a full scholarship to West Point and had been a youth so troubled that he once tried to stab a friend, new reports of biographical inaccuracies are coming to light and threatening to undo the core of his campaign. ... read more

The Democratic presidential candidates of 2016 acknowledge the crowd alongside MSNBC's Rachel Maddow after a democratic presidential candidate forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo by Chuck Burton/AP)

3 big takeaways from MSNBC's Democratic forum

11/07/15 09:59AM

MSNBC's First in the South Democratic Forum Friday provided each of the three candidates a moment to highlight their strengths and address some of their biggest weaknesses, and it gave hints at how the race is changing as we head into a new phase of the campaign. ... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, gestures as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow looks on during a forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo by Chuck Burton/AP)

Martin O'Malley finds his stride in South Carolina

11/06/15 08:50PM

Martin O’Malley finally found his stride Friday night as he fielded questions from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at the First in the South Democratic Presidential forum here. The former Maryland governor has struggled to gain traction in the race, despite a strong resume, and been stuck in the low single digits in polls, but he shined in the format of a... read more

In this Sept. 15, 2015 photo, an iron worker works on a construction site in Philadelphia. (Photo by Matt Rourke/AP)

Improving economy could boost Democrats in 2016

11/06/15 06:55PM

President Obama finally killed the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, ending a years-long evaluation process and infuriating supporters of the project, especially in the GOP. The move was a victory for environmentalists, who had protested the proposal for years, but the bigger angle might have been the economic gains that helped Obama abandon the... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to supporters during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

What you need to know ahead of MSNBC's Democratic forum

11/06/15 04:53PM

The Democratic candidates for president will take questions from Rachel Maddow at 8 p.m. ET Friday in MSNBC's Democratic forum from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET. Haven't been following every twist and turn of the campaign? Here's what you need to know. read more

The U.S. Capitol building surrounded by scaffolding as someone walks by on Oct. 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

The nine Senate Democrats who support the Keystone XL pipeline

11/06/15 03:36PM

Nine Senate democrats are disappointed with President Obama’s Keystone decisionThe nine Senate Democrats who support keystone pipelineBy Khorri AtkinsonEnding a seven-year congressional push to approve a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama on Friday rejected the request, a move that upsets nine senate democrats who voted in... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the Trump Tower Atrium on Nov. 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Trump wants Christie and Huckabee on debate stage

11/06/15 03:15PM

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Friday that it would be “fair” for his Republican opponents Mike Huckabee and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to be included on the main stage in next week’s debate in Milwaukee.“I think it would be a good idea—and fair—to include @GovChristie & @MikeHuckabeeGOP in the debate. Both solid &... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the "Fighting for Us" town hall event in Coralville, Iowa, Nov. 3, 2015. (Photo by Scott Morgan/Reuters)

In new crime policy, Hillary Clinton embraces Obama agenda

11/06/15 02:30PM

Hillary Clinton on Friday announced new policies for criminal justice reform, advocating a break with “mass incarceration.” The move firmly places the Democratic presidential front-runner’s crime policies closer to the administration of President Barack Obama than to that of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. ... read more