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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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Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, on Tuesday night defended instances when the campaign has blocked reporters from covering the candidate's events and said that some reporters write "constant hit pieces for no reason."

On Fox News, Megyn Kelly noted that Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger was blocked from covering Trump's Tuesday night press conference. He had just written a piece, based on anonymous sourcing, that painted Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, as aggressive and disliked by other staffers on the campaign.

Kelly asked Pierson if Americans can expect Trump to ban reporters who write unflattering pieces if he becomes president.

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President Obama will announce his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday in an 11 a.m. press conference in the Rose Garden, the White House announced in an email on Wednesday morning.

"As President, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a Justice and one of the most important decisions that I -- or any president -- will make," Obama wrote in an email.

"I've devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision. I've consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government," he continued. "And we’ve reached out to every member of the Senate, who each have a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday said that assaulting reporters should be a "fireable offense" for campaign staff when asked about allegations that Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed a reporter on the arm and pulled her away from Trump as she was trying to ask a question.

"Of course it’s not appropriate," Cruz told reporters in Illinois, according to Buzzfeed News. "What a bizarre world we’re in where reporters are forced to ask the question 'Should political campaign staffers physically assault reporters?'"

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning won all nine delegates in the Northern Mariana Islands Republican presidential caucus.

Jason Osborne, the executive director of the Northern Mariana Islands Republican Party, announced Trump's victory on Twitter.

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Two Breitbart News staffers who resigned from the conservative website, Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro, spoke to Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Monday about why they left and how Breitbart editors handled Fields' allegations that she was forcefully grabbed on the arm by a Donald Trump aide.

Fields, who has said that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her and pulled her away from Trump as she tried to ask a question, told Kelly that Lewandowski admitted to grabbing her.

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has endorsed Donald Trump now that he has dropped out of the presidential race, said on Monday that even if Trump does not make for a great president, four years of Trump is better than any alternative.

"The reason that I'm choosing Trump is because I'm a big picture guy, and I recognize that he's bringing in a lot of people who were not interested in coming in before," Carson told Newsmax's Steve Malzberg in a Monday night phone interview.

Carson said that he wants to avoid a contested convention because it will "fracture" the Republican party, resulting in a presidential election loss for the GOP.

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During a break at MSNBC's Democratic presidential town hall, a hot mic captured Hillary Clinton and Chris Matthews discussing why the media covers Donald Trump and why politicians have thrown their support behind the real estate mogul's presidential bid.

"Man, you guys can’t stop covering about him. I mean, he is a dangerous presence and, you know, it’s just like candy by the bushel," Clinton said, referring to Trump, according to audio captured by the Washington Post.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday criticized Donald Trump for encouraging and allowing violence to take place at his campaign events, noting that there's a double standard that allows Trump to get away with certain behavior.

During an interview on "The Mike Gallagher Show," Rubio said that Trump "openly encourages people in his crowd to harm people physically."

He then addressed allegations that Trump's campaign manager grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields' arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the candidate a question after a press conference.

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Two more Breitbart News staffers resigned on Monday, citing concerns over the conservative news website's approach to covering Donald Trump and the outlet's "integrity."

Their resignations follow those of Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro, both of whom criticized Breitbart News for not supporting Fields after she alleged that Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed her arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the Republican presidential candidate a question last week.

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