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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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book at the Trump Tower Atrium on Nov. 3, 2015 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Trump's poll numbers slip — but his quips are as strong as ever

11/03/15 02:08PM

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said he “doesn’t care” about the format of the Republican debates at a press conference on Tuesday before the book signing for his new book, “Crippled America: How To Make America Great Again.” Trump repeated the debate formats don’t matter to him, but he remained critical of the questions posed to... read more

Paul Ryan, U.S. congressman (R-WI), speaks at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, Nev., May 16, 2014. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Paul Ryan still won't work with 'untrustworthy' Obama

11/03/15 11:29AM

In his first press conference as speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday reiterated his controversial stance that he would not be willing to work with President Obama on comprehensive immigration reform.The Republican lawmaker has repeatedly said the president's decision to use executive orders to end the deportation of the children... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley speaks to guests at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Oct. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Martin O'Malley announces leadership teams in 21 states

11/03/15 10:32AM

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday leadership teams in 21 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico supporting his Democratic presidential bid.O’Malley has struggled to get out of his 1% polling rut, but hopes a winnowed Democratic presidential field -- which has been cut in have in the past two weeks -- will give... read more

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, left, looks on as Democratic candidate Jack Conway responds to a question during the League of Women Voters debate, Oct. 25, 2015, in Richmond, Ky. (Photo by Timothy D. Easley/AP)

The marquee Kentucky gubernatorial race you should be watching today

11/03/15 09:33AM

Today’s Bluegrass State Showdown: Conway vs. Bevin… NBC/WSJ poll: Why Ben Carson isn’t just your new GOP frontrunner; he’s a strong GOP frontrunner… Hillary gets stronger with Democrats. But that’s not the case with the electorate at large… Why Jeb Bush is in such trouble… Why Republicans are from Mars and Democrats from Venus -- NBC/WSJ Poll... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is reflected in a teleprompter during a campaign rally, Oct. 23, 2015, in Alexandria, Va. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Hillary Clinton increases her lead over Bernie Sanders: NBC/WSJ poll

11/03/15 12:02AM

Hillary Clinton has increased her dominant lead within the Democratic Party’s presidential contest, now besting rival Sen. Bernie Sanders by a margin of two to one among primary voters in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But the Democratic front-runner remains unpopular with the general electorate, and fewer than a third of... read more

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina fields a question during a presidential forum on Aug. 6, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Carly Fiorina: Say it to my face

11/02/15 01:13PM

Carly Fiorina is taking on the critics of her face again. The GOP’s only female presidential candidate will make an appearance Friday on "The View" — just days after the daytime talk show's hosts mocked her face and called her smile during last week’s debates “demented.” Her deputy campaign manager announced the booking on Twitter... read more