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Friday, May 29, 2015

MSNBC Politics

First Read: Deadline Day is Coming for Patriot Act Fight

2 hours 50 minutes ago
The U.S. Senate is planning to work in a rare Sunday session to address the expiring phone-data-collection provisions under the Patriot Act. by Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

First Read's Morning Clips

2 hours 59 minutes ago
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.

Hastert Indictment Taints 'Clean as a Whistle' Reputation

4 hours 21 minutes ago
Hastert rose from a high school and teacher in Illinois to become the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House. by Phil Helsel

THE LID: Why the Large GOP Field is Growing

Some (wo)men ask why, but Republicans thinking about running for president in 2016 ask "Why not?" by Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty

Five Reasons for a Crowded Republican Field

Chuck's Take: History, money and media all play a role in explaining how the Republican presidential field grew to nearly 20 candidates. by Matt Rivera

Obama Administration Argues GOP Health Care Suit Should be Tossed

Attorneys for the Obama administration on Thursday argued in front of a federal judge that the lawsuit brought by Republicans in the House of Representatives over the president's health care law should be thrown out. by Alex Moe

Rep. Peter King Might Launch Bid

Rep. Peter King said Sen. Rand Paul "does not belong int he Republican Party when he carries that message."

Why Are So Many Republicans Running for President?

The GOP field may be the largest-ever in either party, with 16 people either formally declared or widely expected to run, here are seven reasons why. by Perry Bacon Jr.

Watch Live: Pataki Enters 2016 Presidential Race

Former New York Governor George Pataki announces his decision on a 2016 presidential bid.

Why It's a Big Deal That Nebraska Nixed Death Penalty

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 by Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important news stories of the day.

Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki Announces 2016 White House Bid

In a four-minute campaign video, Pataki says "it is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this country."

Santorum Aims to 'Take America Back' With 2016 White House Run

2 days ago
Rick Santorum says part of his plan includes doing away with the IRS, instituting a flat tax and repealing President Obama's executive orders.

Santorum Begins Iowa Caucus Campaign Without Key Strategists

2 days ago
If Santorum is going to score a repeat victory in the opening round of the presidential race, he's going to have to do it without the team that crafted the strategy behind his upset caucus win four years ago. by Andrew Rafferty

Santorum Begins Second Underdog Presidential Campaign

2 days ago
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the surprise success of his 2012 White House run changed the debate within the Republican party, but he's "ready to change this nation" with his second presidential bid. by Andrew Rafferty

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