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Sen. Marco Rubio (R) struck a more moderate tone on abortion during Saturday's Republican debate, acknowledging that there is a legitimate tension between the right of a woman to control her own body and the right of the unborn.

He said that a woman has "a real right" to "choose what to do with her body," but that that right was trumped by the right of the unborn child to live.

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) touted his victory in the Iowa caucuses during the Saturday night Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump quipped that Cruz only won the state by spreading rumors about Ben Carson.

"That's because he got Ben Carson's votes, by the way, but we won't say that," Trump said, referencing the Cruz' campaign's attempts to persuade Iowa caucusgoers to vote for Cruz by telling them that Carson was suspending his campaign.

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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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