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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Wednesday that he is happy that Donald Trump won't participate in the Thursday debate hosted by Fox News, but that the real estate mogul's boycott is ultimately a "mistake."

"I think it just makes people call into question his judgment," Christie said on Boston Herald Radio's "Morning Meeting." "I got knocked down from the main debate stage to the undercard debate by Fox Business News. I thought it was unfair, but I didn’t whine. I didn’t complain."

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A spokesman for Hillary Clinton, Brian Fallon, on Wednesday criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as the only "holdout" who will not participate in an unsanctioned debate to be hosted by MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union-Leader in February.

"The Sanders campaign is the one hold out. We think they should join us in saying they will be in New Hampshire next week," Fallon said on CNN.

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MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday morning applauded Donald Trump's refusal to participate in the Thursday debate hosted by Fox News, comparing Trump to Ronald Reagan.

"That’s Trump at his very best. He made a lot of great points there," Scarborough said after playing a clip of Trump's press conference discussing his decision to pull out of the debate.

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Updated at 10:31 a.m.

After MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union-Leader announced on Tuesday that they would hold an unsanctioned Democratic presidential debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he would not attend a debate not sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, told the New York Times that Sanders won't participate in an unsanctioned debate for fear that he would be barred from future official debates.

A spokeswoman for Clinton, told the Union-Leader that the former secretary of state would be "happy to participate in a debate in New Hampshire if the other candidates agree, which would allow the DNC to sanction the debate."

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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), a moderate Republican, believes that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has too "rigid" of an ideology to win the presidency, making Donald Trump the better bet.

"Ted Cruz is a rigid ideologue," Dent told the New York Times in an interview published on Tuesday. "Donald Trump is ideologically scattered and malleable. In my view, a more rigid ideology would have a much harder time assembling a winning general election coalition than the less doctrinaire candidate."

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Law enforcement arrested a man on his way to join the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Monday who appeared to be intoxicated and told officers that he was going to kill them.

Officers responded to a call about an armed man at a local market in Hines, Oregon, who said he wanted to join the militiamen leading a weeks-long standoff at the federal wildlife refuge, according to the Harney County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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