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When explaining his criticism of President Obama's speech this week at a Maryland mosque during Saturday night's Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) worked in a claim that the Obama administration is discriminating against Christian groups.

Rubio criticized Obama for claiming that there is "widespread discrimination against Muslim Americans" before later mentioning discrimination against Christians.

The Florida senator referenced the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have sued the federal government over the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers offer health plans that cover contraceptives.

"I do believe it is important to recognize -- you want to talk about religious discrimination in America. I don't think Barack Obama's being sued by any Islamic groups, but he is being sued by the Little Sisters of the Poor," Rubio said.

He added that there are Christians with "traditional values" who face discrimination as the government forces them to "violate their conscience."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) tackled the critique that Republicans are only pro-life for those inside the womb head-on during Saturday's Republican presidential debate.

He summed it up when asked about drugs coming into the country from Mexico. "This is a disease," Christie said of drug addiction. "And I'm pro life, not just for the nine months in the womb. I'm pro-life for when they get out and it's a lot more complicated."

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CNN on Saturday night published a report claiming that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "lies" about the network's reporting on Ben Carson's trip to Florida following the Iowa caucuses, but the outlet quickly changed the post's headline to remove the word "lies."

The initial headline on the piece by media reporter Dylan Byers read, "Ted Cruz lies about CNN at Republican debate." The network then changed the headline to read, "Ted Cruz is wrong about CNN's reporting."

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Updated at 9:07 p.m.

During the Saturday night Republican debate, Ben Carson once again criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his campaign's decision to spread reports that Carson was dropping out of the race during the Iowa caucuses, charging that Cruz has "Washington ethics."

Carson initially said he would not take the opportunity to "savage" Cruz over "ethics," but then proceeded to do just that.

"It gives us a very good example of certain types of Washington ethics. Washington ethics, basically says, if it's legal, you do what you need to do in order to win," Carson said.

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