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U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference on opioid epidemic May 19, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Vote on House floor over LGBT rights turns ugly

05/19/16 03:32PM

It was a chaotic scene on the House floor Thursday morning after an amendment to help protect LGBT people from discrimination failed by just one vote after Republicans convinced a few members of their own party to switch their votes to help ensure the measure would not pass.House Democrats could be heard chanting "shame, shame, shame"... read more

A rubber band wraps the front page of La Opinion newspaper featuring pictures of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Santa Ana, Calif., May 15, 2016. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump 'not qualified' to be president

05/19/16 02:57PM

Hillary Clinton declared Donald Trump unqualified to be president Thursday, saying the crash of an EgyptAir flight this week, which she blamed on terrorism, helped her come to that conclusion."I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States,” the likely Democratic nominee told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview... read more

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, chant, "Build That Wall," before a town hall, April 2, 2016, in Rothschild, Wis. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

How the GOP's rhetoric on immigration created a demagogue

05/19/16 10:57AM

Republican leaders bear at least some responsibility for the ugly, nativist turns of their presidential race this year. Donald Trump is not a lone actor in demonizing immigrants. The party has been laying the groundwork to his rhetoric for years.Few things united the GOP nationwide more than fierce opposition to President Obama’s executive... read more

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, talks to a reporter before the senate luncheons. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Cal/Getty)

GOP Sen. Bob Bennett apologized to Muslims for Trump while on deathbed

05/19/16 09:36AM

In the final days of his life, former Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett turned to his son and asked him, "Are there any Muslims in this hospital?"The question caught his son, Jim Bennett, off-guard. It felt like a non-sequitur, and he thought it may have had something to do with his father's recent stroke.But Jim said his father... read more

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are seen sparring on televisions in the reporters' filing room at the CNN Debate in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 14, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: The Democratic race isn't as close as you think it is

05/19/16 09:15AM

Bernie Sanders just won Oregon and almost carried Kentucky. His campaign is "willing to do some harm" to Hillary Clinton to try to win California next month, the New York Times writes. And they're hoping to take their fight all of the way to July's Democratic convention in Philadelphia. But here's the one little problem... 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 lobs 'rape' allegation at Bill Clinton in FOX interview

05/19/16 01:30AM

Trump Lobs 'Rape' Allegation at Bill Clinton in FOX InterviewBY ALEXANDRA JAFFEDonald Trump on Wednesday used the word "rape" regarding a decades old allegation against Bill Clinton — and said it should be on the table when it comes to scrutiny of Hillary Clinton's campaign.The charge rehashed a controversial claim by an... read more

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Sanders’ marriage of convenience with Democrats fraying

05/18/16 08:26PM

Sanders’ marriage of convenience with Democrats fraying The 25-year-marriage of convenience between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party is on the rocks, as the Vermont independent senator is threatening to take his millions of supporters with him in the separation. Sanders has made it clear he will his lead his army of committed activists... read more

Vice President Joe Biden laughs during a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., May 5, 2016. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

Biden: 'There's no fundamental split in the Democratic Party'

05/18/16 07:02PM

Vice President Joe Biden says he is not concerned about tensions between Bernie Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton, saying "there's no fundamental split in the Democratic Party."Biden told reporters after a stop in Ohio Wednesday that he believes Sanders will ultimately back Clinton in the same way that Clinton herself called... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City, May 18, 2016. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Trump and Kissinger hold foreign policy huddle in New York

05/18/16 04:07PM

Donald Trump is meeting with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York on Wednesday, the latest of his efforts to strengthen his foreign policy bona fides.Trump's motorcade rolled into Kissinger's home around 3 p.m. where the low-profile meeting will take place. Trump aides say the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and 92-year... read more

Republican 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)

Donald Trump releases financial info, but still no tax returns

05/18/16 03:40PM

Why Donald Trump’s new financial info doesn’t tell us what his tax returns wouldDonald Trump released new information about his finances his week, but not the information his critics on the right and left are demanding. On Wednesday, the Federal Election Commission made public Trump’s new personal financial disclosure, a required form that lists... read more

The United States Supreme Court building, Nov. 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees

05/18/16 02:31PM

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday released the names of 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees that he would choose from to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.The list, as reported by the Associated Press, includes judges from around the country: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and... read more

Lennox Yearwood protests against Keystone XL Pipeline at Lafayette Park on Feb. 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty)

Hip-hop generation poised to pick the next president

05/18/16 07:02AM

For decades, the youth vote was considered unreliable at best, non-existent at worst. But in the last two general elections, voters age 18 to 29 turned out in solid numbers, and played a crucial role in both of President Obama's decisive national victories. This election, however, will be decidedly different. Both of the presumptive major... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally in Salem, Ore., May 10, 2016. (Photo by Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty)

Bernie Sanders wins in Oregon, but needed Kentucky, too

05/18/16 12:04AM

Bernie Sanders mini-winning streak ended Tuesday night in Kentucky, a state analysts expected he could win. The loss could take some wind out of supporters’ sails at a critical time as they face increasing pressure to unify the Democratic Party behind likely nominee Hillary Clinton. TK OREGON RESULTSThe outcome will have negligible impact on... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on May 2, 2016 in Carmel, Ind. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Clinton campaign keeps up pressure on Trump over taxes

05/17/16 05:44PM

Clinton campaign keeps up pressure on Trump over taxesBy Benjy Sarlin Sensing an opening, Democrats are digging in on Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns before the election. Looking to keep up pressure, the Hillary Clinton campaign emailed supporters a petition on Tuesday calling on Trump to disclose the material. “What is he so... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) attends a campaign rally at the United Palace on April 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty)

Bernie Sanders under fire after Nevada convention chaos

05/17/16 05:38PM

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is calling on Bernie Sanders to speak out against chaos that erupted Sunday at the Nevada Democratic convention, but the presidential candidate is refusing to back down.Sanders supporters threw chairs, started fights, and booed officials -- including a top Sanders surrogate -- at the convention... read more

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