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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at Wellman's Pub & Rooftop in West Des Moines, Ia., Jan. 27, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Marco Rubio reduces ad buy in New Hampshire, South Carolina

01/28/16 09:44AM

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has again reduced advertising buys in two early nominating states just days before the primary process officially begins.The campaign cut $102,000 from its television advertising buy in New Hampshire, whose primary is February 9th, and $32,000 from advertisements in South Carolina. South Carolinians... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets people during a campaign event at the University of Iowa on Jan. 26, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Trump strong in three early states as Clinton and Sanders battle: Poll

01/28/16 06:02AM

With just five days to go until the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Ted Cruz with a seven point lead among likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, while Hillary Clinton remains locked in a tight race with Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.In New Hampshire, where voters will... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo by Eric Miller/Reuters)

Sanders camp suspicious of Microsoft's influence in Iowa Caucus

01/27/16 06:05PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is raising questions about the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa Caucuses and built a independent system to check the official results.For the first time this year, Microsoft partnered with both the Iowa Democratic and Republican Parties to provide a... read more

Republican presidential candidates line up for a photo op before the CNN Republican Debate begins at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

GOP rivals prepare for a Trump-less debate

01/27/16 04:39PM

DES MOINES, Iowa --What do you do in a debate that’s missing the frontrunner? That’s the question Republican candidates will have to work out for Thursday’s nationally televised event, assuming Donald Trump makes good on his pledge to abandon it over a feud with Fox News – specifically the network’s top female anchor, Megyn Kelly. Do they attack... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson prepares for a television interview before the start of the CNN republican presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Carson: Trump 'was very dishonest,' 'acts like a politician'

01/27/16 12:40PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Dr. Ben Carson railed against the dishonesty he says he’s faced at the hands of the media and Donald Trump in the presidential bid on Wednesday. “He was very dishonest” Carson said of Trump’s attacks on his personal story after reporters struggled to corroborate some of the more extraordinary stories from his rags-to-riches... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa, Jan. 24, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Donald Trump's big debate gamble

01/27/16 11:22AM

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 big debate gambleWell, guess who's dominating another news cycle for a controversial move. If you answered Donald Trump, you've been paying attention to the past six months.... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference after a stop at the United Steelworkers Local 310L union hall, Jan. 26, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Obama and Sanders to hold private meeting Wednesday

01/26/16 08:03PM

esident Barack Obama will meet with surging Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, just days before the Iowa caucuses.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Tuesday that the meeting will take place in the Oval Office and was first discussed when the Vermont senator attended the Congressional Holiday Ball last... read more

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes video on her Trump-branded phone during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Oct. 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty)

Trump Twitter bot reveals everyone he retweets

01/26/16 07:22PM

Donald Trump clearly loves Twitter. In the past 24 hours, he’s tweeted 36 times – a mix of insults hurled at Ted Cruz, poll number updates and shoutouts to supporters. Trump seems to favor the old-school way of manually quoting a tweet instead of using Twitter’s more refined “Quote Tweet” feature, sometimes adding his own comments to the end.Now... read more

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Obama for Supreme Court? Clinton is open to the idea

01/26/16 06:31PM

DECORAH, Iowa – Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she might consider appointing President Obama to the Supreme Court, if she’s elected president At a townhall meeting here five days before the Iowa caucuses, a voter asked the Democratic presidential candidate if she would be open to nominating Obama, a former constitutional law professor, to the high... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks during a campaign event at American Legion Post 34, Jan. 26, 2016 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

Rubio courts Christian vote, but Trump proves surprisingly strong

01/26/16 06:10PM

Smith, who is also considering Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, wasn’t disappointed. Rubio, a Catholic who was raised Mormon for a stretch and also attends his wife’s Baptist Church, took a question from an audience member on how to “get us back to our Judeo-Christian roots” and dove into a rousing testimony to the importance of religion. “When I’m... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks to his vehicle after a campaign event at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center on Jan. 25, 2016 in Independence, Iowa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Trump endorsement a blow to Ted Cruz

01/26/16 03:59PM

OSCEOLA, Iowa -- Standing in a chilly barn on a Tuesday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz quoted the book of Matthew, encouraging Iowans to judge candidates by their records – “you should know them by their fruits,” he said. He appealed to voters on his record opposing gay marriage and abortion, arguing that he had the record to back up his conservative... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa, Jan. 24, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Pro-life leaders plea to Iowans: 'Anyone but Donald Trump'

01/26/16 02:58PM

Pro-life female leaders are circulating an open letter to Iowa GOP voters, urging them to back "anyone but Donald Trump" in the Republican caucus."As pro-life women leaders from Iowa and across the nation, we urge Republican caucus-goers and voters to support anyone but Donald Trump," they write in the letter released Tuesday... read more