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Abigail Gustoff listens to her mom Sara read while home schooling at the kitchen table in in their home in Des Moines, Ia., April 18, 2013. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Homeschool advocates in Iowa are still divided on 2016 — for now

11/09/15 01:41PM

AMES, IOWA — As the oldest of six homeschooled children, Caleb Burke is a lot like his father, David.The 17-year-old from Boone is thinking about starting a window-washing service modeled after his dad's business. Both father and son love the World War II survival novel Unbroken — but not the movie. And both have a passionate faith in God... read more

Presidential candidates Donald Trump pauses on stage during a break at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorado Coors Events Center, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Scholars doubt Donald Trump's approach to the presidency

11/09/15 12:17PM

Donald Trump's promise to overhaul both foreign and domestic policy through his leadership skills vastly overstates and misunderstands the power he would hold if elected president, according to political scientists and scholars of the presidency.The real estate mogul has said that he would convince the Mexican government to pay for a wall... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson prepares to board his bus after a stop to sign his book at a Barnes and Noble store on Nov. 5, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale. Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Welcome to the Big Leagues, Ben Carson

11/09/15 10:25AM

Welcome to the big leagues, Ben Carson (and everyone else)After a week of intense scrutiny (on his views on the Egyptian pyramids, on whether he truly tried to stab someone, on whether he was offered a full scholarship to West Point), Ben Carson declared he had enough. "I have always said that I expect to be vetted. But being vetted and... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson discusses faith during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at a hotel in Broomfield, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Ben Carson plays defense as new biographical questions arise

11/07/15 02:13PM

As Republican presidential front-runner Ben Carson plays defense on accounts that he was offered a full scholarship to West Point and had been a youth so troubled that he once tried to stab a friend, new reports of biographical inaccuracies are coming to light and threatening to undo the core of his campaign. ... read more

The Democratic presidential candidates of 2016 acknowledge the crowd alongside MSNBC's Rachel Maddow after a democratic presidential candidate forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo by Chuck Burton/AP)

3 big takeaways from MSNBC's Democratic forum

11/07/15 09:59AM

MSNBC's First in the South Democratic Forum Friday provided each of the three candidates a moment to highlight their strengths and address some of their biggest weaknesses, and it gave hints at how the race is changing as we head into a new phase of the campaign. ... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, gestures as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow looks on during a forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo by Chuck Burton/AP)

Martin O'Malley finds his stride in South Carolina

11/06/15 08:50PM

Martin O’Malley finally found his stride Friday night as he fielded questions from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at the First in the South Democratic Presidential forum here. The former Maryland governor has struggled to gain traction in the race, despite a strong resume, and been stuck in the low single digits in polls, but he shined in the format of a... read more