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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?"

Thu, 28 May 2015 21:08:51 GMT
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.

Thu, 28 May 2015 19:44:20 GMT
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.

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:53:16 GMT
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."

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:41:21 GMT
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.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:41:07 GMT
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

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:29:58 GMT
Watch Live: Pataki Enters 2016 Presidential Race

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

Thu, 28 May 2015 14:50:56 GMT
First Read's Morning Clips

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

Thu, 28 May 2015 14:09:42 GMT
Former Gov. Pataki Announces 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."

Thu, 28 May 2015 11:50:32 GMT
Santorum Aims to 'Take America Back' With 2016 White House Run

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

Wed, 27 May 2015 22:49:24 GMT
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