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Vermin Supreme, a candidate for U.S. president campaigns along Elm Street in downtown Manchester, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

Long-shot candidates look beyond New Hampshire

02/14/16 02:07PM

Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme isn’t asking for much: a free pony for all Americans, mandatory tooth brushing laws, time travel research and something about zombies. When MSNBC spoke with the satirical politician prior to last Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, he also added that “Vermin Supreme must be stopped at all costs.” Highly... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks a campaign town hall meeting at the Crown Reef Beach Resort, Feb. 11, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Marco Rubio: Don't blame George W. Bush for 9/11

02/14/16 01:18PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., attempted to clarify comments he made about former President Bill Clinton during Saturday evening's GOP debate. During the debate he said "The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn't kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him." And on NBC's "Meet the Press"... read more

John Kasich, governor of Ohio and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign rally outside Mutt's BBQ in Mauldin, S.C., Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty)

Kasich on next Supreme Court choice: Let the people have a say

02/14/16 12:54PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich reiterated on Sunday his wish that President Obama does not nominate a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the 2016 election would allow the public to have a unique role in choosing his successor."I just think at a time when the country is so divided, it would... read more

Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in the "Spin Room" following the Republican Presidential debate, Feb. 13, 2016 in Greenville, S.C. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Trump says special access to US for Cuban immigrants is wrong

02/14/16 12:38PM

TAMPA — In the third-most populous state, rich with delegates, there has long been one Florida "do-not-touch" political third rail: Cuba.And in south Florida, home to more than 1.3 million Cuban exiles and Cuban-American immigrants, to speak ill of those who flee the communist island has remained a death knell.Now Donald Trump is... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate former Governor Jeb Bush walks past rival candidate businessman Donald Trump as he stands at the front of the stage at the conclusion of the debate, Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trump continues attacks on Bush legacy ahead of key SC primary

02/14/16 12:08PM

Republican front-runner Donald Trump continued attacking the legacy of George W. Bush Sunday morning, criticizing the former president for appointing a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court whose decisions have upheld Obamacare and for failing to stop the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump told NBC&... read more

U.S. President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn after he returned to the White House, Jan. 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Parties clash over whether Obama should fill Scalia seat

02/14/16 10:45AM

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has set up an important, controversial question: Should President Obama, in his last 10 months in office, be allowed to appoint a justice who would likely create a liberal majority on the Supreme Court?Late Saturday night, the president announced that he plans to move forward with his "constitutional... read more

Presidential candidates Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump speak during the Republican presidential candidate debate, Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty)

Everyone hated everyone at South Carolina GOP debate

02/14/16 12:21AM

It was the great airing of grievances. With days remaining until the South Carolina primary, seemingly every tension that’s welled up in the Republican race broke into the open in Saturday’s debate. Whether calling people a liar, a liberal, a bully, or a loser, it seems almost everyone found something that drove them insane about another... read more

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump participate in a CBS News GOP Debate, Feb. 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Bush, Trump spar over George W. Bush's legacy

02/13/16 10:54PM

The legacy of George W. Bush came up for review Saturday during a boisterous back and forth that grew personal fast, with Jeb Bush jumping to his brother’s defense after Donald Trump called the war in Iraq a “big fat mistake” based on faulty premises.“I tell you they lied,” Trump said, charging that the Bush administration invaded Iraq without... read more

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

President Obama pleads for more civility in politics

02/13/16 12:36PM

On the heels of a fervent  presidential contest to replace him, President Barack Obama renewed calls for civility in politics, amid divisiveness, he said, that have dominated the country’s politics discourse and pushes away people from the political process. “I’ll be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better, but... read more

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Great Bay Community College on Feb. 4, 2016 in Portsmouth, N.H. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

There’s only one story to watch in South Carolina’s GOP debate

02/13/16 10:43AM

There’s only one real question heading into the CBS News Republican debate on Saturday: Can anyone stop Donald Trump?The billionaire front-runner is coming off a big win in New Hampshire, has led polls in South Carolina for months, and enjoys an opposition that’s more divided than he could have hoped for, thanks to Sen. Marco Rubio’s debate... read more

Bernie Sanders answers questions on wage disparity, incarceration rates of, and reparations for, black Americans, at a forum on race and economic opportunity at Patrick Henry High School, Feb. 12, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty)

Five questions black voters should ask Sen. Bernie Sanders

02/13/16 10:19AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking to make inroads with African American voters.The campaign has embarked on a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and has engaged with Black Lives Matter activists and activist-turned Mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson. On the trail, Sanders has spoken candidly about discrimination against communities... read more

Campaign workers try to pass out signs following an appearance by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Feb. 12, 2016 in Denmark, S.C. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Warning signs for Hillary Clinton in South Carolina

02/12/16 07:47PM

Even before Sen. Bernie Sanders began surging in early state and national polls, the Hillary Clinton campaign viewed South Carolina as her firewall, mainly due to her much higher standing and name recognition with black voters. But there are signs that the Clinton team may be falling behind the Sanders campaign, both in terms of organizing on... read more

Former President Bill Clinton smiles for a selfie with a supporter of his wife following a speech at Whitehaven High School, Feb. 11, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal/AP)

Tales from the trail: Bill Clinton courts black voters

02/12/16 04:01PM

Want to know what the NBC News Embeds saw? Follow their daily journey to the inside of the 2016 presidential campaign here:MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- "President Clinton, you were not the first black president," Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen said while introducing Bill Clinton here on Thursday."It's true!" the visibly amused former... read more

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