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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the "African Americans for Hillary" rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 30 2015. (Photo by Tami Chappell/Reuters)

Clinton showcases strength with black voters in South Carolina

11/05/15 12:28PM

Nowhere is the demographic gap between the two leading Democratic presidential candidates more visible and more extreme than in South Carolina, where both are heading Friday for a jam-packed weekend of events aimed at appealing to African-Americans, anchored by a forum Friday night sponsored by the South Carolina Democratic Party and MSNBC. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall style meeting at La Progresiva Presbyterian School on Sept. 1, 2015 in Miami, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Jeb Bush to donors: 'Chill out'

11/04/15 05:39PM

WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- Jeb Bush is promising his donors that he'll get better at debating — and he's urging any "nervous Nellies" among his supporters to "chill out" as he embarks on a reboot of his campaign."I'm going to win New Hampshire, I just feel it," Bush told donors on a conference call Wednesday,... read more

United We Dream activists participate in a rally in front of the White House July 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Rubio: I'd end 'Dreamers' program even if Congress doesn't act

11/04/15 05:35PM

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said on Wednesday that if he becomes president he’ll end protections for undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally during their youth-- even if Congress doesn’t act.“It will have to end at some point,” the Republican said of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... read more

A visitor casts their vote with a kernel of corn for presidential candidate Donald Trump in a straw poll at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

A viewer's guide to the next year in presidential politics

11/04/15 01:27PM

The presidential election is still a year away and the actual voting doesn't even begin until Iowans head to caucus sites three months from now. There's plenty of inevitable twists and turns in store between now and Election Day in 2016.Consider what has happened so far that few would have guessed: The entrance of nearly two dozen... read more

Activists for a variety of causes protest outside the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorado's Coors Events Center on Oct. 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

Angry, proud, uneasy: Americans assess the state of the union

11/03/15 07:19PM

The state of the American electorate is angry. Really angry.And it's something that gets agreement from both parties.A deep dive into new numbers from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that nearly seven in 10 Americans agree with the statement that "I feel angry because our political system seems to only be working for... read more

Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Gov. Chris Christie gather to talk during a break in the debate of Republican presidential hopefuls at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times/Redux)

How the Republicans can win the White House in 2016

11/03/15 02:59PM

The Republican Party finds itself in an odd place heading into the 2016 presidential election. They've made tremendous gains at the state level under President Obama, hold a near-unbreakable majority in the House, and now control the Senate as well.But they've come up short by a significant margin in the last two presidential elections... read more