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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally on April 28, 2016 in Costa Mesa, Calif. (Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

Trump's California campaign shows how he could doom the GOP

04/29/16 02:07PM

California's history as a reliably red state that rapidly transformed into a deep-blue hue in presidential elections will foreverly serve as a cautionary tale for Republicans -- demonize immigrants, and risk ceding political power to Democrats in a backlash that will reverberate for generations.But conventional political wisdom has done... read more

Gov. Mike Pence talks with the media at the Indiana Republican Party elections results viewing party in Indianapolis Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by AJ Mast/AP)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence endorses Cruz while commending Trump

04/29/16 10:59AM

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of the Hoosier State's critical primary, a source familiar with the announcement told NBC News.The endorsement comes four days before the primary contest that is essential for Cruz if he hopes to prevent Donald Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)

This is Bernie Sanders' plan B

04/29/16 10:32AM

The contest may be over, but the mission is not for Bernie Sanders and his supporters.Winning the Democratic presidential nomination is all-but-impossible, so Sanders will spend the next 79 days before the Democratic National Convention accuring as much leverage as possible before he sits down at the bargaining table.“The power of the political... read more

Donald Trump holds a press conference and then speaks at a lunch for the Staten Island GOP, April 17, 2016.

First Read: What Boehner vs. Cruz reveals about Trump's success

04/29/16 09:31AM

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.How Boehner-vs.-Cruz reveals why "Stop Trump" has been stopped in its tracksThe back-and-forth over former House Speaker John Boehner's comments about Ted Cruz -- "Lucifer in... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his New York primary victory rally at Trump Tower, New York, N.Y., April 19, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Is Indiana the last hope for #NeverTrump?

04/28/16 06:10PM

For conservatives hoping to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican party’s nomination, all eyes are on Indiana. "If we win Indiana, it's over!” Trump declared during a rally on Thursday. “Indiana will play the decisive role that it is going to play in this primary,” Cruz said later in the day. “Indiana has the opportunity to... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Ind., April 28, 2016. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Trump: 'If we win in Indiana, it's over'

04/28/16 04:39PM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Donald Trump continued his pivot toward the general election on Thursday with a low-key but energetic Indiana rally where he made his case against Hillary Clinton."I will be so much better to women than Hillary Clinton is — for healthcare issues, on the protection of our country," he told a crowd of more than 2,500... read more

Actress Susan Sarandon introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Burlington, Iowa, Jan., 28, 2016. (Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

Do celebrity endorsements help or hurt?

04/28/16 02:59PM

Celebrities have been ubiquitous on the campaign trail this season. Even the GOP front-runner himself, Donald Trump, has been a famous personality for decades. Celebrity surrogates have been driving the news cycle, and in some cases forcing their preferred candidates of message.On Wednesday, actress Susan Sarandon, a passionate Bernie Sanders... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, S.C., Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

First Read: Cruz and allies have five days to stop Trump

04/28/16 09:58AM

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.Cruz and allies have five days to stop TrumpWhen Ted Cruz unveiled Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday, and when he struck that alliance/truce with John Kasich on Sunday night, they... read more

House Speaker John Boehner announces his resignation during a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sept. 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty)

Former Speaker Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

04/28/16 09:09AM

John Boehner is not a big fan of Ted Cruz.So much so, in fact, that the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch."Asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government ... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) holds up hands his new running mate, Carly Fiorina, at a campaign rally at the Pan Am Plaza on April 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty)

Tapping Fiorina early, Cruz echoes Reagan’s famous gamble

04/27/16 09:03PM

Tapping Fiorina Early, Cruz Echoes Reagan’s Famous GambleAri MelberTrailing a dominant frontrunner, a presidential candidate announces his running mate early, hoping to upend the race and win at an open convention. Ted Cruz’s decision to tap Carly Fiorina on Wednesday is certainly unconventional, but not unprecedented – it echoes Ronald Reagan’s... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Rec Hall at Penn State University on April 19, 2016 in University Park, Pa. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Sanders to lay off staff after Tuesday primary losses

04/27/16 05:32PM

A day after Bernie Sanders won only one of five northeastern primary contests against rival Hillary Clinton, his campaign will lay off more than two hundred staffers in the effort to concentrate its remaining resources on upcoming contests, particularly the June 7 California primary.Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told NBC News that the layoffs... read more

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina signs posters following a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Indianapolis, April 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Conroy/AP)

What Carly Fiorina brings to the Cruz ticket

04/27/16 03:58PM

The best and worst of Carly FiorinaWhat Carly Fiorina brings to a ticketTed Cruz will name Carly Fiorina as his vice president pick on Wednesday, promoting top surrogate Carly Fiorina running mate on the heels of a really bad week that saw him lose – and lose big – in six states.The former Hewlett Packard CEO launched her own presidential bid... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a rally at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind., April 26, 2016. (Photo by Michael Conroy/AP)

In Pennsylvania, Cruz campaign recommended delegates for Trump

04/27/16 03:10PM

In Pennsylvania, Cruz Campaign Recommended Delegates for TrumpBy Ari MelberContributors: Brad Gold, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Alex Jaffe, Jonathan Berger Pennsylvania voters didn’t just back Donald Trump on Tuesday, they also picked 54 Republicans for the powerful posts of “unbound” delegates – party activists who can support anyone for President... read more