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Donald Trump speaks at a rally on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

First Read: Trump's weaknesses overshadow Clinton's

05/26/16 09:15AM

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 weaknesses overshadow Clinton'sYesterday's stinging State Department inspector general report on Hillary Clinton's email practices should have produced one of the worst... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International Union hall, May 25, 2016, in Buena Park, Calif. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

What the State Department email report means for Hillary Clinton

05/25/16 08:38PM

What the State Department Email Report Means for Hillary Clintonby ALEX JOHNSONThe topline of the highly critical report by the State Department's inspector general into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state is that she "did not comply with the Department's policies." But what... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Albuquerque, N.M., May 24, 2016. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Trump says State Department audit 'bad news' for Clinton

05/25/16 06:30PM

ANAHEIM, Cali. — Donald Trump on Wednesday said a new Inspector Generalaudit that found Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server as Secretary of State is simply "not good."The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been outspoken about Clinton's email scandal, saying she... read more

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, meets with members of the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Ryan: 'I haven't made a decision' on a Trump endorsement

05/25/16 02:45PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan says that he has not made a decision about endorsing Donald Trump."I haven't made a decision," Ryan told reporters in an off-camera briefing Wednesday. "I don't have a timeline in my mind."The comments come after some news outlets reported overnight that Ryan's endorsement of Trump was... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center, May 24, 2016, in Commerce, Calif. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

First Read: The 2016 urban-rural divide

05/25/16 09:18AM

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.The 2016 urban-rural divideOne of the other findings from our latest NBC/WSJ poll is the stark urban-rural divide in the Hillary Clinton-vs.-Donald Trump presidential race. According to our poll,... read more

Supporters wave their hands in unison as they gather at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Anaheim, Calif., May 24, 2016. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

Poll: Californians rank economy as top issue before primary

05/25/16 06:01AM

Nearly three-quarters of likely California voters say the economy and jobs are among the most important issues in deciding their vote ahead of the June 7 presidential primary, according to a USC Schwarzenegger Institute/Field Poll .The poll, which was shared exclusively to NBC News, finds that Democratic and Republican primary voters care almost... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., May 16, 2016. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business career

05/24/16 06:37PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent Tuesday exchanging barbs over Trump's business career, perhaps their most direct clash yet and a certain sign of things to come as the two turn towards an already fierce general election fight.The Clinton campaign launched a broadside against Trump focused on his comments throughout... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee, Wis. on March 28, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Hillary Clinton calls Trump a 'bully' who threatens economy

05/23/16 03:39PM

Hillary Clinton railed against Donald Trump on everything from wages and immigration to paid family leave and his business dealings in a wide-ranging speech to union members here Monday."He could bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies," Clinton warned during remarks at the Service Employees International Union's... read more

A campaign sign for Donald Trump is seen before an event in Lawrenceville, N.J., May 19, 2016. (Photo by John Taggart/Bloomberg/Getty)

Trump in 2007: 'I'm excited' for housing market crash

05/23/16 01:22PM

Donald Trump counseled Trump University students to take advantage of the housing bubble as an investment opportunity and said, just a year before it burst, that he was "excited" for it to end because of the money he'd make."People have been talking about the end of the cycle for 12 years, and I'm excited if it is,'... read more

More Democrats believe long primary race has helped party

05/23/16 12:10PM

Despite evidence that the still-ongoing Democratic primary has taken a toll on Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, Democrats -- by a 2-to-1 margin -- believe the Clinton-vs.-Bernie Sanders contest lasting through June is helpful to the party, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Norflk, Va., on Feb. 29, 2106. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

First Read: Clinton's challenge is winning over Sanders voters

05/23/16 09:41AM

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.Hillary's challenge: winning over Sanders votersTwo forces are at play in our new NBC/WSJ poll showing Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump shrinking to just three points, 46%-43%.... read more

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