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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to speak on stage during an event on March 16, 2015 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty)

Hillary Clinton makes big hire

03/30/15 06:40PM

Another piece of Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting is falling into place with the addition of Tony Carrk, who is expected to serve as Clinton’s research director, several Democrats familiar with the hire tell msnbc. ... read more

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, March 10, 2015, in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Seth Wenig/AP)

RNC: Clinton engaged in potentially 'criminal conduct'

03/30/15 12:07PM

The Republican National Committee is asking supporters to sign a petition demanding Hillary Clinton turn over her private email server or she will “face ‘the full powers of the House.’”“We've had enough of the scandals and secrecy. The GOP is demanding Hillary Clinton hand over her secret email server for independent review by April 3 -- or... read more

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Liberty University's Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., where he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, March 23, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP)

Ted Cruz continues grassroots fundraising haul: $2 million

03/27/15 09:04AM

Sen. Ted Cruz continued his fundraising haul this week, raking in $2 million as of Thursday evening, according to the Washington Post. The numbers exceed the campaign’s own goals, but hint at both Cruz’s strengths and his likely weaknesses as a candidate.While $2 million is a sizeable number, it pales in comparison to the first-day fundraising... read more

Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks to supporters during GOP lunch event on March 20, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty)

Scott Walker pledges to undo Obama diplomacy with Iran on day one

03/26/15 09:34AM

U.S. finds itself on both sides of proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia… That proxy war complicates any nuclear deal with Iran… Scott Walker: I’ll tear up any nuclear agreement with Iran on my first day as president… On Joe Biden and 2016: Why he isn’t part of the conversation… And John Boehner’s good week. From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and... read more

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2015.

Warren drafters to rally against money in politics

03/26/15 09:13AM

Progressive groups hoping to draft Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold an event in New York City next month featuring a top advocate of reforming money in politics.Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who has walked across New Hampshire and started a super PAC to try to pressure politicians on campaign... read more

Joe Biden (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)

Joe Biden plays the long game

03/26/15 06:45AM

In the lead-up to the 1980 presidential election, a small group of Democratic strategists quietly traveled to Joe Biden’s Delaware home to urge him to run for president. He needed convincing. ... read more

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after his speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on March 23, 2015.

Exclusive: Ted Cruz's plan to win over young voters

03/25/15 09:01PM

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – who this week became the first candidate to officially announce his 2016 presidential bid – on Wednesday laid out his game plan to win over young voters, and part of that strategy, he said, is to use his sense of humor. ... read more

Former President George W. Bush smiles as he walks off stage during an event on Feb. 19, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by LM Otero/AP)

Jeb Bush joins dad, brother in Texas for fundraising

03/24/15 12:05PM

It’s a Bush family reunion in Texas on Tuesday, where former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is teaming up with former commanders-in-chief George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush for a series of fundraisers.Jeb Bush will join his brother, George, and sister-in-law, former First Lady Laura Bush, in Dallas on Wednesday and his parents on Thursday in Houston... read more

Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on Feb. 5, 2015 in Miami, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Did Kennedy tip his hand in Obamacare case? And more on politics today

03/24/15 10:00AM

Obama-Netanyahu feud gets even worse… WH Chief of Staff McDonough talks of Israel’s “occupation,” and WSJ reports on allegations that Israel spied on the Iran nuclear talks… Can anyone else remember another instance of two allies being this angry at each other?... James Baker also criticizes Netanyahu, making the U.S. criticism bipartisan…... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Center for American Progress March 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

Iowa and New Hampshire Dems to Clinton: Be more like Warren

03/24/15 09:41AM

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and almost 200 other Democratic leaders in Iowa and New Hampshire are calling on Hillary Clinton to adopt “big, bold, economic populist ideas” as she heads into a presidential campaign. The effort, led by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, is addressed to all Democrats running for president, but the activists... read more

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wait to speak at an event on Sept. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul offer 2016 preview in dueling interviews

03/23/15 11:44PM

Fresh off his first presidential campaign speech, Senator Ted Cruz told Fox News Sean Hannity on Monday that he would go further in reversing President Obama’s agenda than others in his party.“An awful lot of Republicans, both in Washington and outside Washington, are resigned to leaving Obamacare in effect,” he said.Cruz largely shares the same... read more

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event on March 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Hillary Clinton offers reporters an olive branch and a yardstick

03/23/15 10:31PM

In her last scheduled public appearance before embarking on a presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton offered the press corps that will cover her for the next two years an olive branch in one hand and a proverbial yardstick she will judge them with in the other.The former secretary of state has a famously "complicated” relationship with the... read more