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Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Derry, N.H. on Feb. 8, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

New York's closed primary could be Bernie Sanders' Achilles' heel

04/11/16 07:21AM

New York in the first in a series of upcoming “closed primaries,” which allow only registered Democrats to participate -- and that could create a major problem for Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history, and independents voters have fueled his success across the country. In... read more

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Trump's new right-hand man accuses Cruz campaign of 'gestapo tactics'

04/10/16 12:38PM

In his first Sunday show interview since taking on an expanded role in Donald Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort was quick to raise questions about the tactics Sen. Ted Cruz' campaign is using to secure delegates.After being asked whether threatening delegates is fair game in the hunt for the 1237 required to secure the republican... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and his wife, Jane Sanders, walk through the Theatre District in Times Square, April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty)

Bernie Sanders scores with tickets to Broadway's 'Hamilton'

04/09/16 01:26PM

Despite running a busy campaign around the country, Sen. Bernie Sanders was not throwing away his shot to see the hit Broadway show "Hamilton" on his down time.Following a day of campaigning in New York in his hometown of Brooklyn, the Democratic presidential candidate capped off the night by seeing the revolutionary hip-hop musical... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a political rally on April 5, 2016 in Laramie, Wy. (Photo by Theo Stroomer/Getty)

Wyoming caucuses: Sanders hopes to cut Clinton's delegate lead

04/09/16 01:15PM

Wyoming's Democrats will pick their favorite candidate for the party's nomination Saturday at the state's county caucuses.A total of 14 pledged delegates are up for grabs in the state. Wyoming Republicans held their party's caucuses last month.Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is trailing rival Hillary Clinton in the race... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at an event at the American Serb Banquet Hall in Milwaukee, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Ted Cruz dominates again in Colorado delegate push

04/08/16 09:30PM

Ted Cruz dominates again in ColoradoBy  Colorado Springs, CO -- Another day, another sweep of Colorado delegates for Senator Ted Cruz.On Friday, local party activists elected 12 delegates in four Congressional District conventions who the campaign had put forward on its official slate, although two are technically free to vote for whomever they... read more

Anti-Trump protesters rally outside during the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, March 21, 2016. (Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Stop-Trump effort ramping up in California

04/08/16 04:17PM

The most important primary of the presidential nominating contest just might be the very last one. On June 7, California could determine whether Donald Trump is able to amass enough delegates to clinch the nomination and avoid a chaotic open convention in Cleveland.Now three veteran California Republican operatives are launching an effort to... read more

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders listens to the first question at an African American Community Conversation town hall event in Philadelphia, Penn., April 6, 2016. (Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

A debate over Clinton's qualifications might be over (maybe)

04/08/16 02:01PM

The Democratic presidential campaigns have spent the last two days immersed in an argument over who is (or is not) "qualified" to be president. The fireworks began on Wednesday when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders very pointedly ticked off a list of reasons why front-runner Hillary Clinton is "not qualified" to sit in the Oval... read more

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on April 6, 2016 in Bethpage, N.Y. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty)

First Read: Trump gets outhustled in delegate fight

04/08/16 09:56AM

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 gets outhustled in delegate fightIn a Republican presidential race where every delegate might matter, Donald Trump's campaign has a big problem on its hands: It continues to get... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz wears a yarmulke as he speaks to Jewish community leaders at a campaign event in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 7, 2016.  (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Amid 'New York values,' Ted Cruz hunts for delegates

04/07/16 09:51PM

The sea of black hats and yarmulkes parted as Ted Cruz's SUV turned into the driveway of the Chabad Neshama Center in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.Indeed, few entrances could have been more fitting for the republican presidential candidate arriving to make matzah with a groups of kids two weeks before before Passover -- a holiday... read more

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the audience at Freedom Temple Ministry while campaigning for his wife, Feb. 25, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty)

Bill Clinton tangles with Black Lives Matter activists in Philadelphia

04/07/16 07:30PM

PHILADELPHIA -- There were only two Black Lives Matters protesters, but they dominated Bill Clinton’s appearance at a recreation center Thursday, engaging in a heated back and forth with the former president for more than 10 minutes over everything from American imperialism to the 1994 crime bill.  The former president at first seemed to take... read more