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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City on June 9, 2016. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

GOP donors gather to hear Donald Trump's pitch

06/09/16 07:06PM

NEW YORK -- The man who vehemently eschewed donor dollars during the GOP primary is now looking to ramp up his fundraising for the general election.Donald Trump, who for much of the primary bragged about “self-funding,” met on Thursday with over 60 leading Republicans in Midtown Manhattan to discuss his fundraising operations going into the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. on June 2, 2016. (Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump faces familiar hurdles as general election begins

06/08/16 07:16PM

Donald Trump faces familiar hurdles as general election beginsBy Benjy Sarlin The Republican primaries are over and the general election has begun. Donald Trump will face off against Hillary Clinton to determine who will be the 45th president of the United States. Trump reached presumptive nominee status a month ahead of Clinton on May 3, giving... 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, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Some Republicans discuss anti-Trump convention coup

06/08/16 03:20PM

After nearly a week long fire storm surrounding Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his attacks on a federal judge because of his Mexican heritage, which led to harsh criticism from his supporters and even one un-endorsement, some Republicans are raising the specter that a new nominee could replace Trump.Bob Vander Plaats, a... read more

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night event on June 7, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Opinion: Why the Democratic Party should unite behind progressive ideas

06/08/16 01:48PM

Tuesday was Hillary Clinton’s night. Her victory speech was not about progressive red meat or even a call for Democratic unity. It was savoring a moment that she worked hard for and that is now part of American history. Bernie Sanders is now thinking about what comes next for his candidacy, his ideas, and the movement he built this past year. As... read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak during her California primary night rally held in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton pledges Dem unity and reflects on historic victory

06/07/16 11:12PM

BROOKLYN - Hillary Clinton shattered an elusive glass ceiling Tuesday night, making history by clinching the Democratic nomination and becoming the first woman to lead a national ticket of a major political party.Noting that she was standing under a literal "glass ceiling" inside of a greenhouse, Clinton called tonight's... read more

Donald Trump introduces Trump University at a press conference in Trump Tower, New York, May 2005. (Photo by Dan Herrick/KPA/ZUMA)

Trump dodges issue of judicial bias in Trump University statement

06/07/16 05:46PM

Donald Trump has drawn the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after claiming that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel should recuse himself from presiding over a case involving Trump University. The presumptive Republican nominee claims that the Indiana-born judge, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, is biased against him because of Trump&... read more

In this photo taken June 2, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a rally in San Jose, Calif. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)

Trump defends 'misconstrued' attacks on judge

06/07/16 04:41PM

Donald Trump on Tuesday released a statement on the ongoing controversy with Judge Curiel and the continuing legal battle with Trump University, attempting to close the book on the burgeoning controversy that has put the GOP into a tailspin.In a written statement released by email, Trump defended Trump University and highlighted thousands of... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Clinton 'excited' about historic nature of likely nomination

06/06/16 03:58PM

Nearly eight years to the day that Hillary Clinton ended her first presidential run, the former secretary of state said she is not allowing herself to think about the historical significance of likely clinching the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday."It's really emotional. And I am someone who has been very touched and... read more

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, Okla., July 16, 2015. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Are bipartisan efforts on criminal justice reform at an impasse?

06/06/16 03:51PM

Bipartisan enthusiasm for efforts to reform America's criminal justice system has waned —stalling not only a bill President Obama is advocating, but halting movement on an issue the president considers part of his legacy."There were some promising signs two years ago, and some of thrill is gone," said David Dagan, a political... read more

Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo by Gabrielle Lurie/AFP/Getty)

Gender and the presidency: A look through polling history

06/06/16 03:06PM

Eight years ago this Tuesday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, noting in the most explicit terms of her campaign how history might view her first White House run through a prism of gender."Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got... read more

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has his hands bandaged by his manager Angelo Dundee before the day's training session at the Territorial Army Gymnasium at White City, London on May 16, 1966. (R. McPhedran/Express/Getty)

Muhammad Ali death puts Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric under microscope

06/06/16 02:09PM

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, arguably the most beloved Muslim-American in the world, could not have come at a more inopportune time for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been under fire for his controversial racial and religious rhetoric as of late.Ali had criticized Trump's proposed Muslim ban... read more

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York, March 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

The presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton

06/06/16 10:00AM

As the Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton arguably boasts experience in government and on the campaign trail unparalleled by anyone in the 2016 presidential field — but that has also made her a high-profile target for attack, allowing critics to spotlight numerous controversies in her past. read more