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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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With Donald Trump roiling Republican politics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) felt the need on Tuesday to "condemn" David Duke, the KKK, and racism on behalf of Senate Republicans.

McConnell made the comments to reporters on Capitol Hill after Trump's Sunday interview in which he avoided disavowing Duke.

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Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs on Monday night theorized that the New York Times, Buzzfeed News, and the Republican Party worked together to use a report of Donald Trump's off-the-record meeting with the New York Times to hurt the Republican frontrunner at the polls on Super Tuesday.

"The effort required the alignment of quite a string of institutions and folks. It involved the alignment of The New York Times, Buzzfeed.com, Trump's two principle rivals Cruz and Rubio," Dobbs said on his show, referring to a Buzzfeed report that the New York Times has a recording of Trump indicating that his views on immigration could be flexible.

"Now, we don't know whether Trump knew there was a recording. We don't really know for sure that they have a recording. But Buzzfeed says so," Dobbs continued.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said Monday that he will not support Donald Trump because he is "an adulterer" but seemed to hedge on whether he would vote for Trump if he were the nominee.

"Donald Trump is an adulterer. I don’t support people who support adultery," Brooks said on MSNBC. "And I don’t trust people who are serial adulterers, as Donald Trump has been and bragged about in writing, because I don’t think that’s an honorable thing or trait in a person."

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Monday suggested that he was worried that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee, he could negatively effect some Republicans up for re-election in 2016.

"We can't have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races," Cornyn told CNN when asked if he was worried about Trump becoming the nominee. "That's a concern of mine."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday night continued to dismiss Donald Trump's Sunday interview during which he avoided disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, suggesting that there may be some truth to Trump's claim that his earpiece wasn't working well.

During an interview on Fox News, Huckabee told Megyn Kelly that Trump "has repeatedly disavowed David Duke" and the KKK. When Kelly pressed him on when Trump disavowed them, Huckabee pointed to Trump's comments at a Friday rally and on social media.

"I just don’t think that Donald Trump has given any indication that he’s supportive of the Ku Klux Klan," Huckabee said.

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Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET

About 30 black students were escorted out of a Donald Trump rally at Valdosta State University in Georgia on Monday, the Des Moines Register reported.

The students told the Des Moines Register that they were standing silently when they were removed from the event, and Secret Service told the students that Trump had asked for them to leave, according to the Des Moines Register.

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Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state known for his push for strict voter ID laws and his authorship of Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, endorsed Donald Trump's presidential bid on Monday.

"For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security. On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates," Kobach said in a written statement. "He has made it clear that ramping up the enforcement of our immigration laws will be his top priority. And he has forcefully rejected the notion of giving amnesty to illegal aliens living in the United States."

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The West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill that would delay for a year the implementation of educational standards that require teachers to teach students about human contribution to climate change.

"In an energy-producing state, it's a concern to me that we are teaching our kids potentially that we are doing immoral things here in order to make a living in our state," Republican Del. Jim Butler said of the standards, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "We need to make sure our science standards are actually teaching science and not pushing a political agenda."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) trotted out a favorite GOP line Monday, wondering aloud on national TV why Donald Trump gets asked about the KKK but Hillary Clinton never gets asked about the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), who was a member of the KKK early in his career.

"Look, I know it's an incredible overwhelming fascination — I've been watching this morning. But, look, let me ask you this, do you think Hillary Clinton is going to have to answer for her relationship with Sen. Robert Byrd who was an actual member of the KKK?" Huckabee asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I'm not trying to defend..."

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