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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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Moderate Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Monday strayed from the hard line issued by Senate Republican leaders on President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, calling for the Senate to consider the President's nominee.

"I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider," Kirk wrote in a Monday op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kirk's first public statement on how the Senate should proceed after Scalia's death had been keenly anticipated because he's a moderate Republican facing re-election this year in a closely watched race.

"I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information," he continued. "The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the president’s role in proposing a nominee."

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With no apparent sarcasm, an Arizona attorney on Sunday proposed that the late Justice Antonin Scalia's votes in cases pending before the Supreme Court should still count even though he died before the court issued its rulings.

"There’s no Ouija board required to figure out how Justice Scalia would vote on these things, he’s already voted," attorney Kory Langhofer said during a discussion on Phoenix, Arizona, television station KPNX. "We're at the second-to-last step in how these cases unfold when Justice Scalia died."

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Former presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has been offering "frank" advice and guidance to Donald Trump throughout February, the Washington Post reported.

"We’ve been talking. Donald and me, Donald and a few other friends who know politics. He calls to check things out or I’ll call him to say, 'Donald, you’re going too far' or 'What you said was great' or maybe 'Change it a bit.' It’s nothing formal. It’s kind of a running conversation," Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. "There is candor and there is trust."

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Donald Trump on Saturday retweeted a post suggesting that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is not eligible to be president, and on Sunday, the real estate mogul insisted that he didn't know the Florida senator's "circumstance."

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As the results in the South Carolina Republican primary were still being tallied, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared on Saturday that the GOP primary is now a three-way race.

"After tonight this has become a three-person race, and we will win the nomination," Rubio said in his speech.

At the time of his speech, he was battling with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a second-place finish in South Carolina, and Donald Trump had been declared the winner.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday night announced that he would suspend his presidential campaign.

Bush said he was proud of his campaign, but acknowledged that his struggling campaign did not perform well in the first three primaries.

"The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision. So tonight I am suspending my campaign," he said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) conceded the Democratic Nevada caucus in a Saturday speech, noting that his presidential campaign has come a long way in the past few months.

"Five weeks ago, we were 25 points behind in the polls and we have made some real progress," Sanders told his supporters about his standing in Nevada.

"What this entire campaign has been about is the issue of momentum, is the issue of bringing more and more people into the political process," he continued, noting that people are starting to hear his message.

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The Republican presidential primary in South Carolina was too close to call as polls closed at 7 p.m. ET, according to NBC News and CNN.

The networks said it was a three way race between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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