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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits after speaking at a campaign rally in San Jose, Calif., June 2, 2016. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

What is Donald Trump's position on Libya?

06/05/16 04:08PM

In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Donald Trump was forced to square how he can hit Hillary Clinton for Libya while previously expressing support for the intervention on humanitarian basis in a video blog in 2011. Finally he said he "was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now." What's more telling is that... read more

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GOP bigs urge Trump to move on from Judge Curiel's Mexican ancestry

06/05/16 02:35PM

WASHINGTON — A pair of powerful Senate Republicans on Sunday warned Donald Trump to drop his attacks on a Latino judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, joining the widespread rejection of their presumptive presidential nominee's treatment of the federal jurist. A third prominent Republican who also supports Trump urged the... read more

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump addresses a celebration rally at Trump Tower in New York on April 26, 2016. (Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty)

Donald Trump: 'It's possible' a Muslim judge would be biased

06/05/16 01:00PM

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, continued to draw fire over the weekend by doubling down on his comments that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, Trump's now-defunct business that is accused of defrauding its customers, cannot possibly render a fair verdict... read more

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to talk to the media after a weekly Senate Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 10, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

McConnell on Trump judge comments: 'I couldn't disagree more'

06/05/16 12:00PM

On "Meet the Press," Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was supportive of Donald Trump, but was careful not to be too supportive of some of presumptive nominees more incendiary comments.The Senate majority leader told Chuck Todd he "couldn't disagree more" with Trump's recent attacks on the Hispanic judge presiding over... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at California State University, San Bernardino, June 3, 2016, in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

Clinton looks to inch closer to clinching in two weekend contests

06/04/16 12:34PM

Many Americans know the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as havens for beach-going vacationers, but both islands will be focused on politics this weekend when voters head to the polls for some of the final contests of the Democratic primary race.The pair of contests will push Hillary Clinton even closer to clinching the Democratic nomination.... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Dec. 5, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Donald Trump's 'my African-American' supporter: I wasn't offended

06/04/16 12:08PM

REDDING, Calif. — A Republican singled out at a rally by Donald Trump as "my African American" said the episode was "odd," but insisted he was not offended.Gregory Cheadle said he was the man in the crowd pointed out by Trump, who as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee boasted of his support among African-American... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the Cubberley Community Center on June 1, 2016 in Palo Alto, Calif. (Photo by Noah Berger/AP)

The most important number for Bernie Sanders next week: 256

06/03/16 05:00PM

Hillary Clinton is on track to be the declared the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee sometime Tuesday night, when voters in California and five other states cast their ballots. That makes it Bernie Sanders’ last chance to stop Clinton from winning the nomination -- even under the convoluted delegate math favored by his campaign.Winning... read more

Trump rally in California a scene of chaos, confrontation

06/03/16 01:47PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Donald Trump supporters were mobbed and assaulted by protesters on Thursday night after the candidate's campaign rally in California.The violence broke out after the event in San Jose wrapped up just before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). read more

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, June 2, 2016, in Janesville, Wis. (Photo by Andy Manis/AP)

Paul Ryan disavows Trump's attack on judge's 'Mexican heritage'

06/03/16 01:43PM

One day after endorsing Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's accusations of bias against the judge in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage."Ryan told WISN's "Up Front with Vicki McKenna" on Friday that the comment was "out of... read more

Donald Trump greets supporters after giving a victory speech, following his win in Indiana's primary, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Trump's takeover of the GOP is now complete

06/03/16 09:26AM

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's GOP takeover is now completeOn March 3, Mitt Romney delivered his own blistering speech on Donald Trump, which used some of the same lines of attack that Hillary Clinton included in... read more

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference in Washington on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Paul Ryan backs down –- it’s Donald Trump’s party now

06/02/16 07:36PM

Benjy Sarlin Three weeks after pointedly refusing to endorse Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan backed down on Thursday and announced his support. “It’s no secret that he and I have our differences,” Ryan wrote in an op-ed on “I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the... read more