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The family of an Oregon occupier who was killed in an encounter with law enforcement last month is now accusing the government of engaging in a "cover-up" of the man's "unjustified" death," The Oregonian reported.

LaVoy Finicum's family released a statement Tuesday claiming new information from another standoff leader -- who was at the scene of Finicum's death and has since been released from federal custody -- led them to believe that the FBI and the Oregon State Police are "seeking to manipulate and mislead the media and the American public about what really happened."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday said he would not discipline any campaign staffers for notifying Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson had plans to drop out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon only had plans for a quick trip home to Florida.

Cruz said on "The Mike Gallagher Show" that members of his campaign were "passing on news reports."

"I don’t make a practice of scapegoating staff members when it’s politically convenient," Cruz added.

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The first poll of New Hampshire that includes some survey data collected after the Iowa caucuses showed only slight movement in the race there between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The University of Massachusetts-Lowell tracking poll released Wednesday still shows Sanders with nearly twice the level of support of Clinton.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning acknowledged that his campaign may have needed a more robust operation in Iowa, noting that he only recently learned what the term "ground game" means.

"I think we could’ve used a better ground game, a term I wasn’t even familiar with. You know, when you hear ‘ground game,’ you say, ‘What the hell is that?’ Now I’m familiar with it," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if his campaign needed better organization to win in Iowa.

"I think in retrospect we should’ve had a better ground game, I would’ve funded a better ground game," he continued. "But people told me my ground game was fine. And I think by most standards it was."

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