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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

Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Derry, N.H. on Feb. 8, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

New York's closed primary could be Bernie Sanders' Achilles' heel

04/11/16 07:21AM

New York in the first in a series of upcoming “closed primaries,” which allow only registered Democrats to participate -- and that could create a major problem for Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history, and independents voters have fueled his success across the country. In... read more

Screen grab of Paul Manafort. (Screen grab courtesy of NBC)

Trump's new right-hand man accuses Cruz campaign of 'gestapo tactics'

04/10/16 12:38PM

In his first Sunday show interview since taking on an expanded role in Donald Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort was quick to raise questions about the tactics Sen. Ted Cruz' campaign is using to secure delegates.After being asked whether threatening delegates is fair game in the hunt for the 1237 required to secure the republican... read more