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Donald Trump holds a news conference on March 21, 2016 at his hotel which is under construction in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Irreconcilable differences for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

05/11/16 09:24AM

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Trump-ism vs. Ryan-ism: Some irreconcilable differences:Ahead of his big meeting on Thursday with Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan was blunt about where he stands with his party's... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders smiles as he speaks at a campaign rally on May 8, 2016 in Piscataway, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP)

Sanders wins in West Virginia Democratic primary

05/10/16 07:39PM

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the West Virginia Democratic primary, NBC News projects, a victory that will add yet more fuel to his argument that he should remain in the race despite badly trailing front runner Hillary Clinton in the overall delegate count.The win comes one week after Sanders prevailed in Indiana's Democratic primary... read more

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, W. Va. on May 5, 2016. (Photo by Chris Tilley/Reuters)

CA officials: White nationalist will remain on Trump delegate list

05/10/16 06:11PM

Donald Trump's campaign is blaming a "database error" for the inclusion of a self-described white nationalist on its slate of delegates for the California primary."Yesterday, the Trump campaign submitted its list of California delegates to be certified by the Secretary of State of California," said spokeswoman Hope Hicks... read more

A worker installs the red carpet in front of the Festival Palace ahead of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 10, 2016. (Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA)

'Clinton Cash' doc set to stir up controversy as it debuts at Cannes

05/10/16 04:01PM

    CANNES, France – A massive police force will be guarding the Film Festival this year under the watchful eye of a former Israeli Defense Force commander.          But the only real grenade thrown may not come from terrorists but by the right-wing producers of a devastating new documentary about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged influence... read more

Security agents stand close as Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump votes at his local polling station in New York's primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Here's what Donald Trump thinks about voting

05/10/16 01:21PM

Donald Trump has said he wants “maximum voter participation,” and that he’s running a campaign “based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.” But when it comes to the voting laws that threaten to disenfranchise voters in states across the country this year, he sings a very different tune. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a primary night campaign event, May 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (Photo by Darron Cummings/AP)

Cruz declines to endorse Trump, won't rule out restarting bid

05/10/16 12:50PM

Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz declined Tuesday to say that he will support Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, leaving open the possibility of restarting his own White House bid if he sees "a viable path to victory."Pressed by supporter Glenn Beck in an interview if he could consider jumping back into the 2016 race if... read more

Donald Trump supporters listen to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Spokane, Wash., May 7, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Reuters)

Trump forces didn't just beat the establishment, they overran it

05/10/16 11:45AM

Donald Trump didn't just outlast a long list of Republican challengers to be the last man standing for the presidential nomination. He won by remaking the Republican Primary electorate itself.About 25.7 million people have voted in the 2016 Republican primaries and caucuses so far. That's about seven million more votes than were cast... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, May 6, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Trump foes running short on time to find GOP alternative

05/09/16 02:20PM

Anti-Donald Trump Republicans hoping to get an alternative on the presidential ballot this November are quickly running out of time.Monday marked the first state ballot deadline for independent presidential candidates. And it just so happened to be in a state critically important to the GOP -- Texas. An independent candidate must scrounge up... read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holds a Town Hall meeting in Franklin, N.J. on April 15, 2014. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux)

Donald Trump taps Chris Christie to lead transition team

05/09/16 11:45AM

Donald Trump is looking beyond the convention, the fall campaign and election itself to begin to plan for a massive takeover affecting four million employees: the governing stage.In a new role, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will serve as chairman to assemble a transition team of experts on domestic and foreign policy to begin the... 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's tax plan changed (again and again)

05/09/16 11:44AM

Donald Trump said Monday that tax plan lowers taxes on the wealthy, while Sunday, he said they’d rise under his administration. Trump told CNN on Monday morning that when he said Sunday on NBC that the wealthy would likely see a tax hike, he wasn’t raising taxes but rather was proposing a drastic cut and then allowing others to negotiate it up.... read more

Donald Trump arrived in Southern California Tuesday evening for a campaign rally hosted by Veterans for a Strong America, just one day ahead of the second Republican presidential debate on Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Why Trump's flip-flop on taxes matters

05/09/16 09:24AM

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Why Trump's flip-flop on taxes is astonishing — and so importantDonald Trump's recent declaration that taxes for the wealthy should increase is an amazing turn of events in this... read more

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Donald Trump arrive at a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Donald Trump calls Mitt Romney 'ungrateful' for his support

05/08/16 05:53PM

It's presumptive nominee versus former nominee.Donald Trump called Mitt Romney "ungrateful" for his support during the 2012 Republican primary. Trump said, "Every single robocall I made, he won that state. Every single speech I made, he won that state, in terms of the primaries.""I believe I won him, or helped him... read more