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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers a speech at an event in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Chris Christie, between a rock and a Granite State

04/13/15 06:48AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- once a rising star in the GOP and a man the party elite all but begged to run in 2012 -- has fallen to the back of the pack of emerging 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, all while being battered by lousy poll numbers and economic problems in the Garden State. But Christie's political salvation may not... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on Sept. 25, 2013 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty)

Democratic voters overwhelmingly predict Clinton will win nomination

04/10/15 05:30PM

More than two-thirds of Democratic voters say former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will clinch the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News Online Survey conducted by SurveyMonkey. On the Republican side -- where up to a dozen candidates are mulling a bid -- there is much less consensus around a clear victor... read more

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pauses while delivering remarks at an event announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Galt House Hotel on April 7, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty)

Rand Paul feud hangs over NRA 2016 showcase

04/09/15 05:07PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost every Republican presidential hopeful will pay tribute to gun rights at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on Thursday, but one of the few missing candidates is taking shots at the organization instead.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), fresh off his presidential announcement on Monday, is complaining that he was... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departs after speaking at the Center for American Progress on March 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Progressive group meets with Clinton aides, earns Franken endorsement

04/09/15 12:56PM

 Four aides to Hillary Clinton met recently with a liberal group behind an effort to push the likely presidential candidate to the left, two sources familiar with the meeting told msnbc. News of meeting comes as the group’s effort earned the backing of Sen. Al Franken, a close Clinton ally.As she prepares to launch a second presidential run in... read more

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Welcome to the wild, wild West of super PACs

04/09/15 09:21AM

Welcome to The Wild, Wild West of Super PACs -- where every super-donor might now control his/her own one… The upsides and downsides to this… Finding from MSNBC/Telemundo poll: There are plenty of conservative Latinos; they’re just not Republicans… Exhibit A why the Iran deal is hardly a done deal… Why is Congress more concerned about a not-yet... read more

Law enforcement agents watch for immigrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty)

3 big immigration questions the GOP 2016 field must answer

04/09/15 06:54AM

So far, no issue has divided the GOP more heading into 2016 than immigration. Candidates primed to court the right like Scott Walker are tacking right, candidates out to court Latino voters and business leaders like Jeb Bush are tacking left.For all the attention paid to these moves, however, all of the candidates – even Bush – still have huge... read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question as he addresses a town hall meeting, Feb. 25, 2015, in Moorestown, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP)

Christie, Paul not invited to speak at NRA mega event

04/08/15 03:46PM

Many 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are set to address tens of thousands of Second Amendment rights advocates this weekend at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Notably, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be missing from this event -- and not necessarily because they don't want to rub... read more

Sen. Tom Coburn, conducts a news conference in the Capitol on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP)

Top conservative praises Hillary Clinton

04/08/15 12:29PM

In the Senate, Tom Coburn earned the nickname “Dr. No” for his penchant for blocking anything that didn’t fit his small-government conservative ideology. But now retired, the Oklahoma Republican has kind words for his former colleague, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is set to launch a second presidential campaign very soon. ... read more

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with FOX television host Sean Hannity after announcing the start of his presidential campaign at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Rand Paul's speech skirts line between hawks and doves

04/08/15 06:57AM

Rand Paul performed a careful dance on foreign policy in his announcement speech on Tuesday, reassuring party hawks with tough talk on Iran and ISIS while playing to libertarians with calls to slash foreign aid and military commitments. "The enemy is Radical Islam,” Paul said in one passage. “You can’t get around it and not only will I name... read more

Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters during a break in a hearing on Feb. 4, 2015, Washington, D.C. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

The coming epic Republican flip-flop on Hillary Clinton

04/08/15 06:56AM

When Arizona Sen. John McCain sat down this week with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell to reveal his plans to run for reelection in 2016, the Republican was eager to take an opportunity to knock the opposing party’s potential presidential nominee."I think that a legitimate question to Hillary Clinton is, 'What did you accomplish during your four... read more

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) arrives on stage before formally announcing his candidacy for president during an event in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Democrats look to tarnish Rand Paul's reformer image early

04/07/15 03:43PM

Is Rand Paul a “bizarre and even dangerous” candidate filled with kooky ideas? Or is he “the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful” while only masquerading as the fresh new thing? Democrats deployed both of these attacks on Tuesday. The former quote came from opposition research group American Bridge, the latter from a statement by... read more