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Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 7, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

2016 GOP field walks fine line in abortion fight

08/07/15 07:35PM

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Social issues took center stage at the Red State Gathering on Friday as Republican presidential candidates looked to channel a firestorm of conservative outrage against Planned Parenthood without getting burned. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is not a popular figure among Red State’s activist crowd, earned applause for... read more

Audience members look up at the large video screen hanging above the first prime-time Republican presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena on Aug. 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Who won GOP Debate night on social media? It depends.

08/07/15 04:45PM

Who won GOP Debate night on social media? It depends.Throughout the first Republican presidential primary debate, candidates on both sides of the aisle took to social media to promote their campaigns and take shots at their opponents. Now that the dust has settled, who won the social media battle for attention and clicks?Well, that depends on... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to members of the media in the spin room following the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

John Kasich: The surprising standout of the GOP debate

08/07/15 11:34AM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich just barely squeezed into the last spot in the first prime-time Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. But he emerged a surprising standout on his home turf in Cleveland – delivering a solid performance he badly needed to differentiate himself from the very crowded GOP field. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Christie and Paul spar over national security in tense debate moment

08/07/15 09:39AM

Rubio, Kasich stand out in first GOP debate that was (mostly) dominated by Donald Trump… Trump vs. Fox News: Does he continue to defy political gravity? Or does he fall back down to earth?... On Jeb Bush and Scott Walker… Christie vs. Paul… Who didn’t stand out as much: Huckabee, Cruz, Carson… The undercard debate didn’t help any of the seven... read more

Republican presidential candidates take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Four big takeaways from the first GOP presidential primary debate

08/07/15 02:05AM

Hundreds of conservative activists watched the debates here in Atlanta at the RedState Gathering, a summit set to feature ten of the presidential candidates over the next two days. Msnbc joined them for what turned out to be a raucous, riotous, and spectacularly memorable GOP face-off. Here’s what we took away: ... read more

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Megyn Kelly grills Donald Trump about sexism

08/06/15 11:53PM

Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been known to clap back at sexism, when the moment is right. The moment she chose at Thursday night's inaugural Republican debate was facing down the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump. She did not relent, though that doesn't mean Trump lost any points with his base. ... read more

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

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