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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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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday night dinged the National Rifle Association for its statement opposing President Obama's new executive orders regarding background checks, arguing that the government should conduct background checks on everyone who purchases guns.

"The NRA and gun owners should be reasonable. The FBI should background check anyone buying a firearm in America. That just makes sense," O'Reilly said on his show. "If you are paranoid and believe the government is stockpiling information so they can come to your house and take your guns, that's your problem, your problem. But the government has an obligation to enhance public safety."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday evening floated that Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) birth certificate could become an issue in the presidential race, since the Texas senator is an American citizen but was born in Canada.

"Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem," Trump told the Washington Post when asked about Cruz's birthplace. "It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head."

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Following a formal opinion from the Georgia state attorney general stating that it is not legal for states to block Syrian refugees, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Monday rescinded an executive order telling state agencies not to help with the resettlement of refugees from Syria, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

State Attorney General Sam Olens issued the formal opinion last week, writing that he is "unaware of any law or agreement that would permit a state to carve out refugees from particular countries from participation in the refugee resettlement program, no matter how well-intended or justified the desire to carve out such refugees might be."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday slammed President Obama's new executive actions on guns, which will expand background checks needed to purchase firearms.

"From day one, the president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding. He knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue," Ryan said in a statement. "Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens. His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty."

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday defended himself from recent attacks from his fellow Republican presidential candidates that he has missed votes in the Senate, arguing that he can't accomplish much as a senator anyway.

“I have missed votes this year," Rubio said when asked about his voting record during an Iowa town hall. "You know why? Because while as a senator I can help shape the agenda, only a president can set the agenda. We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen."

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