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There's a Silver Lining for Democrats in Montana Loss

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:30:00 GMT
Why Trump's Silence on NATO Is a Big Deal

The president was finally expected to promise that America would defend its NATO allies if they ever came under attack. He didn't.

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:47:00 GMT
Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say

The president's son-in-law and adviser is under FBI scrutiny in the Russia probe, but is not known to be a subject of the investigation.

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:09:00 GMT
Chinese Jets Intercept U.S. Plane Near Hong Kong

Two Chinese fighter jet intercepted a U.S. surveillance aircraft southeast of Hong Kong this week in a maneuver the Navy described as "unsafe."

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:15:00 GMT
Boehner: Trump's Term 'Disaster,' Aside From Foreign Affairs

Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from foreign policy, President Donald Trump's time in office has so far been a "complete disaster."

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:14:00 GMT
World Leader Shoved Aside by Trump Says It Was 'Harmless'

Balkan websites ran headlines such as "America First" and "Where do you think you are going?" but Montenegro's prime minister wasn't too upset.

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:35:00 GMT
Census Director Abruptly Quits People-Counting Agency

he director of the people-counting Census Bureau is leaving his job just as the agency steps up its once-a-decade tally, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:56:42 GMT
Painkillers Raise Heart Attack Risk Within a Week

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen are known to raise people's risk of a heart attack. Now a new study shows it happens quickly.

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:02:19 GMT
10 Guilt-Free Brunch Recipes for Mother's Day

Ditch the Mother's Day reservations in favor of a home-cooked meal that's low on calories and prep time.

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:59:00 GMT
Indonesian University Tries to Weed Out LGBTQ Applicants

An Indonesian university has come under fire for requiring prospective students to declare on a form that they are not LGBTQ.

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT
Workers at Nuclear Plant 'Take Cover' After Tunnel Collapse

Hundreds of workers at the Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington state were ordered to "take cover" Tuesday after a tunnel collapsed.

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:17:00 GMT
Trump Approves Plan to Arm Key Ally in Battle for Syria

President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia, an important United States ally in the fight against ISIS, two defense officials told NBC News. The plan's options include providing Kurds with rifles, ammunition and armor. Syria's six-year civil war has left nearly a half million people dead.

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT
Editor of 2nd Amendment Blog Dies From Self-Inflicted Gun Shot

Robert Eugene Owens, the editor of BearingArms.com, was found dead Monday morning in what authorities have ruled a suicide.

Wed, 10 May 2017 02:49:26 GMT
NBC News' Lester Holt to Interview President Trump

The interview will air on Thursday's broadcast of "NBC Nightly News," which Holt will anchor from D.C. Excerpts will also run on Friday's "TODAY."

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:16:00 GMT
Obama Says He's 'Captive to Selfies' Since Leaving Office

Former President Barack Obama gave his first speech abroad since leaving office in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, and talked about climate change, selfies and the future.

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:34:00 GMT
Groupthink: Why Did No One Call 911 for Dying Penn State Pledge?

While investigators are trying to determine why brothers failed to properly act, psychologists point to the case as an example of "groupthink."

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT
These Scientists Want to Put 10 Million Windmills in the Arctic. Here's Why

This may be the most audacious plan yet to ease global warming and its consequences.

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT
New WWII Film Stirs Whitewashing Accusations

Deadline reported Tuesday that actor Zach McGowan will play Ben Kanahele, "an island leader," in the historical drama "Ni'ihau."

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:49:25 GMT
Can '13 Reasons Why' Help Latino Families Talk About Mental Health?

Suicide, teen life and depression are among the topics at the center of the hit show '13 Reasons Why.' Could it foster a good conversation in Latino homes?

Tue, 09 May 2017 11:12:00 GMT
Newest Killer Stalking Chicago Is Deadly Designer Drug

Acryl fentanyl has already killed 44 people in Chicago and it is resistant to the overdose antidote naxolene.

Mon, 08 May 2017 20:21:00 GMT
Did These Pre-Humans Put Their Dead in Caves?

Researchers say a discovery strongly suggests the little hominids known as Homo naledi were much less ancient than previously thought.

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:35:09 GMT
Democrats Stumble Into Abortion Rift

It started with a race to pick the next mayor of Omaha and escalated into battle about ideological purity tests on abortion.

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT
This Refugee Camp Is Such an ISIS Hotbed That Military Aircraft Won't Fly Over It

Some 80,000 people are trapped in a scrub land of hopelessness in a forgotten corner of the Middle East. Huddling in the wind, walled in by desert sandbanks, they have been driven there by war. Abandoned by governments, they are preyed on by the very ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers they fled their homelands to escape. NBC News was given unique access to the area which one Jordanian official described as an 'imminent threat.'

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:50:35 GMT
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