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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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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is running for re-election this year against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), on Tuesday said that he is not opposed to the Senate taking a vote on President Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend.

In a Sunday statement, Johnson echoed the calls of his fellow Republican senators, who have said that the next president should choose Scalia's replacement.

"I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate," Johnson said in a statement. "America needs Supreme Court justices who share Justice Scalia's commitment to applying the Constitution as written and to the freedom it secures."

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At a campaign rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, a man in the audience shouted "waterboard Hillary" during Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) speech, according to numerous reports.

The crowd at the rally laughed following the remark, as did Rubio, according to Politico.

"I don’t want to know what he said," Rubio then said in response, according to the Washington Post. "The press is here, I didn’t even hear what they — I didn’t hear what they said. I know it wasn’t a bad word, that’s all that matters."

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that he has not decided whether he would hold hearings for President Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions,” Grassley told reporters, according to Radio Iowa. "In other words, take it a step at a time."

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Monday night acknowledged that his show had failed to play the full comments made by Bill Clinton about President Obama during his Friday night telecast, leaving out important context.

"We shouldn’t have done that," Hayes said.

During the Friday segment, Hayes had played remarks made by Bill Clinton earlier that day about how he sees his wife Hillary Clinton as a "change-maker."

"She’s the best change-maker I’ve ever known. A lot of people say, oh well, you don’t understand. It’s different now. It’s rigged. Yeah, it’s rigged because you don’t have a president who is a change maker with a Congress who will work with him. But the president has done a better job than he has gotten credit for. And don’t you forget it!" Clinton said at a Tennessee Rally.

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The Republican National Committee on Monday pushed back against Donald Trump's complaints that the party "stacked" the audience at the Saturday Republican presidential debate with donors.

During a rally on Monday, Trump suggested that the RNC had broken the loyalty pledge Trump signed when he swore off a third-party presidential bid.

"The RNC does a terrible job, a terrible job. And just remember what I said, remember in this room, I signed a pledge, but it’s a double-edged pledge, and as far as I’m concerned, their in default of their pledge," Trump said at a Monday campaign event.

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In a Washington Post op-ed published on Monday night, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted Republicans who have called for the Senate to block President Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend.

Reid said that Senate Republicans' "campaign of partisan sabotage" could have "potentially momentous consequences."

"Republicans should not insult the American people’s intelligence by pretending there is historical precedent for what they are about to do. There is not," he wrote.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who recently dropped out of the Republican presidential race, on Monday argued that President Obama has a "conflict of interest" in nominating someone to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend.

Paul suggested to Kentucky radio host Leland Conway that because there are cases challenging policies of the Obama administration, including lawsuits targeting his clean power plan and executive actions on immigration, the President should not be able to choose a nominee.

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Donald Trump on Monday threatened to file a lawsuit challenging Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) eligibility to run for president unless the Texas senator apologizes for what Trump called "totally untrue" statements.

"Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual. He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them," Trump said in a Monday statement. "His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous. It is hard to believe a person who proclaims to be a Christian could be so dishonest and lie so much."

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