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.

Articles by Caitlin

The FBI entered the compound at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday night without being discovered by the four remaining occupiers, before moving in on the militiamen on Wednesday, The Oregonian reported.

Per The Oregonian:

FBI tactical teams had quietly moved into the refuge compound Tuesday night, entering the buildings undetected by the occupiers. They apparently were in the buildings through the day Wednesday before agents moved against the encampment.

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A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis followed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and that licenses altered to remove Davis' name are likely valid.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning -- the same judge who initially ordered Davis to jail for a few days in September -- found that Davis has fulfilled the court's orders not to interfere with her deputies granting marriage licenses to gay couples, according to ABC News.

After Davis left jail last year, she removed her name from marriage licenses, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) in December issued an executive order removing all county clerks' names from marriage licenses.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning said that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the only other candidate in the presidential race who cares about trade issues and believes that the United States is "being ripped off."

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Trump mentioned that his campaign has focused a lot on trade — the real estate mogul has slammed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and said he would "make great trade deals" as president.

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Updated at 11:23 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will meet with aides today to discuss his future in the presidential race, and he is expected to suspend his campaign, according to CNN.

The network reports:

Two sources close to Chris Christie says he is huddling with his top campaign aides today and all indications are that they expect him to formally suspend his campaign and end his bid for the Republican nomination. Details are still begin worked out.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning bashed the publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, who had slammed Trump as "a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy" in a December editorial.

"He's a bad guy," Trump said of Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid on "Fox and Friends."

He said he was tempted to mention McQuaid in his victory speech Tuesday night.

"You know, when I won, I sort of said, maybe I'll mention him in my speech but I decided not to do that. I wanted to keep it high level," Trump said on Fox.

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A new ad from Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign portrays Donald Trump as an action figure masquerading as a Republican.

The 45-second spot shows children explaining that the Trump doll "pretends to be a Republican" who likes "bailouts for the banks" and donates to Democrats. The Trump doll also encounters a Hillary Clinton doll who Trump pays to be his friend.

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After acknowledging on Tuesday night that his debate performance on Saturday hurt him in New Hampshire, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on Wednesday morning that he won't stop talking about how President Obama is hurting the country.

Rubio told "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday that the narrative about the Saturday debate "made it very difficult for us to get any other message across" as New Hampshire residents were headed to the polls.

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As it appeared that Ohio Gov. John Kasich would earn a second place finish in the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign dismissed Kasich's chances going forward.

"Kasich ran a one-state campaign," Bush spokesman Tim Miller told reporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, according to The Hill. “He does not have a viable path to the nomination at all, and he certainly does not have a viable path to success in South Carolina, a state where support of the military is critical."

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