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Ivanka Trump: Dad has 'elevated' the political discourse

05/13/16 02:42PM

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has qualities that are unseen in U.S. politics, according to real estate mogul's daughter, Ivanka Trump.At a Forbes magazine women’s summit in New York on Thursday, she lauded her father who entered politics last year and described him as a who who has "elevated" the political... read more

A New Zealand electricity company is using toddlers wearing orange-tinged wigs reminiscent of the real estate mogul's hair to poke fun at the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee. (Screenshot Courtesy of Powershop)

Watch these kids mock Trump in an ad from New Zealand

05/13/16 11:55AM

Donald Trump makes a lot of polarizing statements on the campaign trail, from his pledge to make build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, to the concept that climate change is a hoax, invented by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Now, a New Zealand online electricity retail company is using toddlers dressed in... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting at the National Republican Congressional Committee May 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brendan Smiawloski/AFP/Getty)

First Read: Trump's good day — but bad week

05/13/16 09:30AM

Thursday's trip to Washington was a good day for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Yes, he didn't pick up House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement, but other Republicans (Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, and Ryan's deputies in the House GOP leadership) all eagerly embraced Trump, suggesting that... read more

Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan prepares to speak to the media about his upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 11, 2016. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Four things we learned from Trump's visit to the Hill

05/12/16 10:31PM

Donald Trump's whirlwind series of meetings Thursday on Capitol Hill with top GOP officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, didn't result in a complete healing in the rift between the presumptive nominee and some GOP leaders.Yet both sides hailed the trip as productive.The meetings were closed to the media, but here are four things... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on May 2, 2016 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan could not be further apart

05/12/16 02:37PM

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, who met on Capitol Hill to work out their differences, are probably the two most important Republican figures since President Obama took office.Ryan laid the intellectual groundwork for the House GOP majority that took over in 2010 and now leads it as Speaker. Trump led a populist uprising that trampled on... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he speaks to his supporters at a campaign event in Tampa, Fla., March 14, 2016. (Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP)

First Read: Three questions about the Trump-Ryan meeting

05/12/16 09:37AM

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.Three questions heading into this morning's Ryan-Trump meetingAt 9:00 am ET at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald... read more

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) departs a news conference with Capitol Hill reporters following a private meeting with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2016. (Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Trump and Ryan: 'There's a great opportunity to unify our party'

05/12/16 07:06AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump will begin a conversation they hope will end with a unified Republican Party when the presumptive GOP nominee visits Washington on Thursday.But lingering concerns over Trump’s tactics, tone and chances against likely opponent Hillary Clinton have left major questions over if and when a divided party still... read more

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump (C) waves as he arrives for a rally March 14, 2016 in Vienna Center, Ohio. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Trump appeals to social conservatives with his hire of John Mashburn

05/11/16 06:43PM

Donald Trump was never the first choice of committed social conservatives, whose organizations largely lined up behind Ted Cruz late in the Republican primary. Those groups raced to distance themselves from Trump after he went off-message by suggesting that women who have abortions would be punished if the procedure were banned, followed by... read more

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., attends a news conference in Rayburn, March 14, 2013. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

Alan Grayson blows up at Harry Reid during meeting: 'Say my name'

05/11/16 03:58PM

Liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid during a closed door meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday over the leader's decision to back a different candidate in Florida’s Democratic Senate primary, according to three sources in the room.The outburst prompted a Reid staffer in the room to bring in... read more

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is speaks to the media as he returns to his office at the U.S. Capitol, May 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty)

Ted Cruz already looking beyond 2016 election

05/11/16 02:02PM

WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz suggested last month Republicans are "looking at a bloodbath of Walter Mondale proportions" if GOP voters send Donald Trump out of Cleveland as the party's nominee for president.Mondale, the Democrats' 1984 presidential nominee, won just one state over Ronald Reagan."This ain't complicated --... read more

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Elizabeth Warren on VP nod: 'I'm not thinking about another job'

05/11/16 11:49AM

11:36) ZA: So if Hillary Clinton came to you and said, "I need you to be my running mate in order to take on Donald Trump," would you say yes to that?(11:45) EW: Right now, I just want to be clear. I love my job. I'm here in the United States Senate doing exactly what the people of Massachusetts sent me here to do. I'm in the... read more