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A technician adjusts a television camera before the start of the CNN Republican presidential debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Sept. 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo by Tom Stathis/AP)

Is the debate stage hiding home-field advantages?

09/16/15 02:14PM

SIMI VALLEY, California — Like baseball teams arguing over the height of the grass in the infield, the playing field that CNN is setting up for the candidates tonight has some campaigns seeing built-in potential advantages.With the network previewing the event as a fight, some of the physical characteristics of the venue could add to that. Each... read more

President Ronald W. Reagan is pictured speaking at a fundraiser for Senate Candidate Linda Chavez's campaign on Oct. 1, 1986. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty)

The top 4 things the GOP won't tell you about Ronald Reagan

09/16/15 12:57PM

Fifteen Republican candidates will soon head to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to stand in front of the former president's Air Force One for Wednesday's debate. As they fight to differentiate themselves from a field so crowded it requires two separate events, most will likely be tempted to invoke the legacy of the party’s... read more

Audience members wait for the start of a Republican presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

A viewer's guide to tonight's debate

09/16/15 10:33AM

A Viewer’s Guide to Tonight’s Debate … Main debate, from the Reagan Presidential Library in California, starts at 8:00 pm ET… The undercard is at 6:00 pm ET… Hillary in 2015 = Al Gore in 1999? ... Hillary’s big October … And Gator vs. Seminole fight! From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann. FIRST THOUGHTS.*** A Viewer’s Guide to Tonight’s... read more

Wisconsin governor and US presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks to voters at the Prince William County Young Republicans' Grillfest at the Republican Committee Headquarters in Woodbridge, Va., Aug. 29, 2015. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Scott Walker aims to 'mix it up' in debate after polling slide

09/16/15 09:35AM

After stumbling in national and early state polls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will seek to "inject himself" into Wednesday night's CNN debate, aides to the Republican hopeful tell NBC News."If he gets the chance to mix it up, he's going to" do that, an adviser to the governor said.The move marks a tactical change... read more

Top-Polling GOP Candidates Participate In First Republican Presidential Debate (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty).

7 big debate questions that could divide the GOP field

09/16/15 07:45AM

A lot has changed since last month’s Republican presidential debate. Carly Fiorina made it to the main debate stage. Rick Perry called it quits. Ben Carson surged into a virtual tie with Donald Trump in a new national poll. And of course, a number of controversial issues have emerged at the fore of our ongoing national debate. ... read more

Democratic US Presidential candidate, Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, Va., Sept. 14, 2015. (Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA)

Another poll shows Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in NH

09/15/15 01:54PM

A new poll confirms that Bernie Sanders is currently leading Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the critical early primary state of New Hampshire, and has even edged her out among women.The Monmouth University poll, which shows Sanders ahead of Clinton by 7 points at 43% to Clinton’s 36%. Vice President Joe Biden, who is still considering... read more

Demonstrators stand outside of Trump Towers to protest Donald Trump's candidacy for U.S. President in NY, Sept. 3, 2015.

Club For Growth attacks Trump as 'the worst kind of politician'

09/15/15 12:23PM

Donald Trump may still be surging in the polls among likely Republican primary voters. But there’s one powerful group of GOP donors that has yet to be dazzled by the real estate mogul’s “tremendous energy.”The Club for Growth, a conservative political advocacy group, announced the release of a $1 million ad buy on Tuesday that will attack Trump... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Prince William Fairground in Manassas, Va., Sept. 14, 2015. (Photo by Cliff Owen/AP)

Bernie Sanders' colleagues aren't feeling 'The Bern'

09/15/15 11:57AM

If it weren't for Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders would be the talk of the 2016 presidential race right now.The Vermont senator is surging in the polls, he's getting some of the biggest crowds and he's increasingly become an obstacle to Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.But there is something notable Sanders is missing -... read more