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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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News in a Friday letter that the committee will no longer partner with the network for the February Republican presidential debate.

Citing concerns over the Wednesday night CNBC debate, Priebus wrote that the RNC can not continue to work with NBC for the debate on Feb. 26 until the committee consults with the Republican campaigns. NBC was set to co-host the debate with Telemundo, the Spanish-language media division of NBCUniversal.

“The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” he wrote.

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Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor at the National Review, suggested in a Friday column that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is "more authentically African-American" than President Obama.

The conservative author lamented that the media never mentions that Carson is black before launching into his argument that Carson is "more" black than the president. Read Goldberg's comparison between Carson and Obama"

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Numerous Republican presidential candidates will meet on Sunday evening without a representative from the Republican National Committee to discuss grievances and propose changes to the primary debates, Politico reported Thursday night.

Representatives from the campaigns for Ben Carson, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), and Donald Trump have begun organizing the meeting, according to Politico. Campaign staff from the campaigns for Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul (KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) are expected to attend the meeting.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday morning tore into the Republican National Committee's attempt to manage the Republican presidential debates for the 2016 cycle, arguing that the debate formats have been hurting the party.

"I think the Republican Party is becoming the loser here. We've got talented candidates. The process is not bringing out the best in the party. The RNC is trying to correct the last cycle's problem of too many debates. They've overdone it. They're micromanaging the process," Graham said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I don't think the RNC could run a one-card funeral. This is getting pretty bad."

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The Republican candidates were quick to criticize the CNBC moderators after Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, but some are now looking to the Republican National Committee to make changes in the future.

Ben Carson's campaign manager, Barry Bennett, told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday night that he plans on contacting other campaigns about issues with the debate formats.

"I think the families need to get together here, because these debates as structured by the RNC are not helping the party," Bennett told the Examiner. "There's not enough time to talk about your plans, there's no presentation. It's just a slugfest. All we do is change moderators. And the trendline is horrific. So I think there needs to be wholesale change here."

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Following criticism from candidates and commentators about the Wednesday night CNBC Republican presidential debate, CNBC's John Harwood joked that he now understands the "challenges" faced by the speaker of the House.

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The hosts of "Fox and Friends" on Thursday morning criticized the moderators of the CNBC Republican presidential debate, then gave Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) a chance to get "to the issues" by asking about Benghazi.

"It seems universal the big loser was CNBC. What kind of agenda did they have going, going into that debate with you guys last night?" co-host Steve Doocy asked Rubio on Thursday morning.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday tore into the moderators at the CNBC Republican presidential debate, arguing that GOP candidates will never be treated fairly on the debate stage.

"They want us to kill each other," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The moderators just didn’t do their job last night in a number of areas. Not only were the questions snarky and divisive and non-substantive, they were just biased. The questions were biased. But on top of that, they didn’t do their job in terms of controlling the debate either. And it became somewhat of a free-for-all that everybody had to jump in when they could jump in."

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