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Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Sept. 16, 2015. (Photo by Frederic J. BrownAFP/Getty)

Ben Carson gives Trump a pass for response to anti-Muslim question

09/18/15 02:05PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Carson gave Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt on his decision not to correct a man who questioned President Obama's religion and citizenship in New Hampshire, suggesting Friday that Trump simply misheard the question and would handle it differently in the future."Certainly, one must always analyze the... read more

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in Boston, Mass. on June 27, 2014. (Photo by Dominick Reuter/Reuters)

Planned Parenthood debate spills into GOP presidential race

09/18/15 12:47PM

The Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood is spilling into the presidential campaign in unpredictable ways.At the GOP debate Wednesday, candidates lined up to show just how badly they wanted to shut down the women’s health provider. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush—all current or former governors—each bragged out about defunding... read more

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaks at the RedState Gathering, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Christie calls out Trump for staying silent over anti-Muslim question

09/18/15 10:24AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling out fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he failed to correct a supporter who wrongly declared President Obama is a Muslim and “not even an American.”“I would have permitted that,” Christie told NBC’s Today on Friday morning. “I would correct him. I’d say that the president is a... read more

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Community Forum on Substance Abuse in Laconia, N.H. on Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo by Faith Ninivaggi/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton focuses on substance abuse at New Hampshire event

09/17/15 10:19PM

Hillary Clinton says she never expected to be talking about heroin on the campaign trail, but at nearly every event in New Hampshire this summer, substance abuse has taken center stage.Time and time again, Clinton says supporters have approached her about what she calls a “quiet epidemic” and asked her what she would do to remedy it.That’s why... read more

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question during a town hall event at Rochester Recreational Arena on Sept. 17, 2015 in Rochester, N.H. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty)

Donald Trump fails to correct man who calls Obama Muslim

09/17/15 09:16PM

At his first public appearance since Wednesday's GOP primary debate, Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday fielded a question from a supporter in New Hampshire about Muslim extremism. The issue? The questioner described Muslims as a “problem in this country,” before adding, “you know our president is one” -- and Trump just let it... read more

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina fields a question during a presidential forum on Aug. 6, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Fiorina defends citing nonexistent abortion video

09/17/15 07:13PM

At Wednesday's second Republican debate, Carly Fiorina described secretly-recorded videos from an anti-abortion group, many of which include Planned Parenthood executives, as showing "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'... read more

Candidate photos are displayed on podiums before the start of the CNN Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library on Sept. 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Hours before Constitution Day, GOP candidates demonstrate constitutional confusion

09/17/15 06:28PM

It became clear Wednesday night that some 228 years after the founding fathers signed the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, candidates vying to be the next president of the United States were shaky on their knowledge of civics and their nation’s history.With the GOP presidential debate held just hours before the start of Constitution... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets supporters during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa on Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Morgan/AP)

Hillary Clinton declines to call for more Democratic debates

09/17/15 06:16PM

Hillary Clinton on Thursday declined to call on the Democratic National Committee to add more presidential primary debates, though she said she would participate in them. The Democratic front-runner also lambasted Wednesday night’s GOP debate as emblematic of political “silly season.” ... read more

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina takes part in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Will Hewlett-Packard's past ties to Iran haunt Carly Fiorina?

09/17/15 03:47PM

When it comes to Iran, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has cast herself as a tough-on-Tehran hawk. But as the Republican presidential candidate gains momentum, questions over the technology company’s past dealings with the Middle Eastern country -- when Fiorina was at the helm -- could come back to haunt her. ... read more

Republican presidential candidates line up for a photo op before the CNN Republican Debate begins at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

No, vaccines have not caused an autism 'epidemic'

09/17/15 12:48PM

Donald Trump likes to say that his top qualification for the White House is his business acumen. But at Wednesday's Republican presidential debates, the GOP front-runner took on the ill-advised role of doctor-in-chief, suggesting that vaccines have caused an "epidemic" of autism, a complex brain disorder that afflicts millions of... read more