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.
After his strong debate performances, after the endorsements he's picked up and after Jeb Bush's weakened position, Marco Rubio looks to be the Republican frontrunner -- at least in the "establishment" bracket of the GOP race. And there's the emerging perception that, if the early contests started t...
13:44 Trump picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad — a ‘friend’ of China’s leader — as Beijing ambassador6
12:07 75 years ago, what if Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor?10
21:08 Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed9
20:47 Don’t be confused: An electoral college rebellion is almost certainly not going to happen8