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The scene at Brooklyn's Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

4 things to watch for in tonight's Democratic debate

04/14/16 03:56PM

This could be final time Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ever face off head-to-head.The Democratic presidential candidates agreed in theory to another debate in May, but no real plans have been made yet. Clinton could easily decide to skip it if she continues on her current trajectory, which is expected give her a virtual lock on the... read more

Ted Cruz responds to a question from Chuck Todd during an MSNBC Town Hall, in Buffalo, N.Y., April 14, 2016. (Photo by Nathan R. Congleton for MSNBC)

Ted Cruz defends anti-LGBT North Carolina law

04/14/16 03:55PM

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz offered his support on Thursday to a controversial law in North Carolina that prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom in line with their gender identities, calling the regulation “perfectly reasonable.”“I’m a constitutionalist. And the state has the power to pass their own laws,” Cruz told ... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich laughs during a town hall at Savage Mill in Savage, Md., April 13, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

John Kasich supports 'moving on' from gay marriage debate

04/14/16 03:39PM

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich told MSNBC's Chris Matthews "the court has ruled" on same-sex marriage and he would not advocate for any efforts to ban it, even though he supports traditional marriage."There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment. I'm not for doing it. I'm for moving on,... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz listens at the restaurant Sabrosura 2 on April 6, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty)

6 major moments from the Ted Cruz town hall

04/14/16 02:26PM

Ted Cruz sat down with "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd for a MSNBC town hall on Thursday where he discussed the national debt, abortion, religious liberty and more. His answers were met with cheers from the Buffalo, New York audience and, at times, confusion. Here are the highlights from the event. read more

John Kasich, governor of Ohio and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a town hall event at the Historic Savage Mill in Savage, Md., April 13, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

John Kasich: 'It ain't over till it's over'

04/14/16 02:14PM

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich on Thursday justified the continuation of his campaign by quoting famous New York Yankee Yogi Berra: "It ain't over till it's over."In a town hall with Chris Matthews airing on MSNBC at 7 p.m. ET, Kasich continued to make the case for his candidacy, despite having won only his home... read more

First Read: Clinton, Sanders to clash after contentious week

04/14/16 09:47AM

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.Clinton, Sanders to clash in debate after contentious weekRemember last fall when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shook hands after Sanders exclaimed that "the American people are sick and... read more

Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan waits to deliver a speech in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington D.C., on March 23, 2016. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Paul Ryan: 'Count me out' of 2016 presidential run

04/12/16 12:20PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan plans on holding a press conference Tuesday afternoon to put to rest — he hopes — once and for all speculation about running this year for president.The Wisconsin lawmaker has been suggested as a potential presidential contender if no current Republican candidate nets the 1237 delegates required to win the nomination. A... read more

Alejandra Pablos of Arizona leads a chant as voting rights reform demonstrators stage a sit-in at the Capitol in Washington, April 11, 2016, urging lawmakers to take money out of the political process. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Hundreds arrested at Capitol protest on voting and campaign finance

04/11/16 07:33PM

Hed: Hundreds arrested at Capitol protest on voting and campaign finance.  Several hundred activists were arrested Monday afternoon after staging a sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to call for action on voting rights and campaign finance reform. The mass civil disobedience, part of a week-long Washington protest known as Democracy Spring,... read more

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rape-awareness event at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., April 8, 2016. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Joe Biden: 'I would like to see a woman elected'

04/11/16 06:21PM

Vice President Joe Biden has stopped short to endorsing a candidate in the 2016 presidential race, but on Monday he said both Democratic candidates or "totally qualified," adding that "I would like to see a woman elected." Biden's made his comments during an interview with, in response to a question on whether... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while leaving Trump Tower on his way to visit the World Trade Center Museum, April 9, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Julio Cortez/AP)

NBC Poll: Trump, Clinton hold sizable leads in New York

04/11/16 05:20PM

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have opened up double-digit leads in New York ahead of the state's April 19 primary, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll."The road to the convention goes through New York for both the Democrats and Republicans," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute... read more

Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, arrive on stage at the start of an event in Baltimore, Md., April 10, 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Top Democrat on Benghazi committee endorses Hillary Clinton

04/11/16 02:51PM

Maryland Democratic congressman and co-chair the House’s Benghazi committee Elijah Cummings, endorsed Hillary Clinton presidential bid on Sunday, "I will be voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton as president of the United States of America," Cummings told supporters at a campaign rally in Baltimore, ahead of the state’s primary on April 26... read more

Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 29, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

How do superdelegates work? Here's what you need to know

04/11/16 12:50PM

Superdelegates are back in the news - with Bernie Sanders and his campaign believing that they're a path to winning the Democratic nomination, and with Hillary Clinton's campaign seeing them as their true firewall in this contest.Who are these superdelegates? What role do they play? Can they switch sides? How many have done so in the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes speaking during a campaign event at JetSmart Aviation Services in Rochester, N.Y., April 10, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty)

Delegate system gives Trump a 22 percent bonus, despite complaint

04/11/16 10:04AM

Donald Trump blasted the GOP's delegate rules Sunday, saying a "corrupt" system is denying him delegates in states he won. According to a new NBC analysis, however, Trump has benefited far more than Ted Cruz under the party's arcane rules for allocating delegates.Trump now leads the Republican field with 756 delegates — or 45... read more