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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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a Thursday statement that they are "relieved" that the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon ended on Thursday after the four remaining members of the militia turned themselves in to federal authorities.

"We are relieved that the illegal occupation of Malheur NWR is over. While we are now able to look forward to a new beginning, there is still much that needs to be done so that the community and the larger public can be welcomed back to their refuge," Jason Holm, an assistant regional director at the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter John Sepulvado.

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As the four remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge prepared to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday, a former Oregon occupier said that her husband, who had also been present at the refuge, was just arrested.

Melissa Cooper wrote on Facebook on Thursday morning that Blaine Cooper was arrested by the FBI. Cooper's alleged arrest was also mentioned on the livestream of the remaining Oregon militiamen preparing to turn themselves in to the FBI.

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In a post on Facebook, the Rev. Franklin Graham said he would arrive in Oregon on Thursday morning and head to the federal wildlife refuge where the four remaining occupiers are reportedly set to turn themselves in to federal authorities.

Graham wrote that he had been on the phone with the occupiers each night for the past week and that he was on the phone with them on Wednesday night as the FBI closed in on the refuge.

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Two of the remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge, husband and wife duo Sean and Sandy Anderson, confirmed on social media that they still plan to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday morning.

"It's a very said day for me as we plan to turn ourselves over to the very people we fought so hard against," Sandy Anderson wrote in a Facebook post, first reported by The Oregonian.

Sean Anderson wrote on his Facebook page that the occupation was coming "to an end," according to The Oregonian.

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Updated at 10:29 a.m.

Cliven Bundy faces charges related to his 2014 standoff with the federal government at his ranch in Nevada, according to a report from The Oregonian.

He reportedly faces weapons charges and a conspiracy charge to impede federal officers, the same charge faced by his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, in connection with their takeover of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. The few remaining occupiers have apparently agreed to turn themselves in to federal authorities Thursday morning.

The elder Bundy was arrested on Wednesday night at the Portland airport. He had arrived to participate in a protest of his sons' arrests.

Federal authorities did not list the charges faced by Cliven Bundy on Wednesday night but reportedly plan to released the charges on Thursday morning.

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Jane Sanders, the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), on Wednesday said she found former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's comments urging female voters to support Hillary Clinton "disturbing."

Albright over the weekend told young women that it was important for them to support Clinton's presidential bid as feminists, saying, "There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!"

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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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