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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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Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made headlines last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, according to reports in the Washington Examiner and The Hill.

The Family Research Council invited Davis and her lawyer, Mat Staver, to the speech, according to the Washington Examiner. The Hill confirmed that Davis and Staver will be in the audience for President Obama's last State of the Union.

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Republican consultant Liz Mair, who last year launched an effort to take down Donald Trump, on Monday night battled conservative commentator Ann Coulter over Trump's policy ideas, blasting Coulter for not supporting a true conservative.

During a segment on MSNBC's "Hardball," Mair said she took issue with Trump's positions on fiscal policy, declaring that he's too liberal.

"It’s all about immigration," Coulter said in response. “It doesn’t really matter what a Republican’s position is on saving Social Security or how they’re going to reform Medicare. Americans are being outvoted by foreigners, and Americans have been begging their own party to shut it down, to stop this endless immigration for decades now."

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Donald Trump on Monday said he was amazed that actor Sean Penn was able to secure a lengthy interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

"New Hampshire Today" radio show host Jack Heath asked Trump if he felt that law enforcement should investigate Penn's attempts to set up an interview with Guzman, according to audio posted by Buzzfeed News.

"Well, I guess there should be," Trump responded. "But it was sort of amazing the way he got in there and all of the people that are looking for him couldn’t find him and here’s a guy sitting down with a rather long interview. You said there was an eight- or a 12-hour interview."

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After initially raising questions about Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) eligibility to run for president last week, Donald Trump over the weekend continued to prod the Texas senator to prove that he can run for president as an American citizen born in Canada.

"You can’t have a person who’s running for office, even though Ted is very glib and he goes out and says ‘Well, I’m a natural-born citizen,’ but the point is you’re not," Trump said at an Iowa campaign event on Saturday, according to the New York Times.

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All five paid staffers in New Hampshire for a Super PAC backing Ben Carson's presidential bid have left the organization to volunteer for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid, New Hampshire television station WMUR reported on Monday morning.

Jerry Sickles, a spokesman for the New Hampshire staff at the 2016 Committee, told WMUR that he and four other employees at the Super PAC felt that Carson had not been spending enough time campaigning in New Hampshire. The staffers feel that Cruz has the best chance to win the nomination, Sickles told WMUR.

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Ben Carson on Thursday said that he doesn't believe the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Canada should keep the Texas senator from running for president.

"It seems to me like the rules are fairly well-specified in terms of who qualifies to be a natural born citizen," Carson said when asked about Cruz's eligibility to run for president on Newsmax's "The Steve Malzberg Show," according to video posted by Buzzfeed News.

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The Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a written opposition to Texas' lawsuit attempting to block the federal government from resettling Syrian refugees in the state, arguing that the state did not provide evidence that the refugees would pose a threat to Texas.

The state of Texas in December sued the federal government and the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that helps resettle refugees, in an attempt to keep Syrian refugees from moving to the state. Texas argued that the federal government had not provided enough information about the refugees and said that the refugees pose security concerns.

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