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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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Donald Trump on Tuesday played a word association game on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," choosing one word to describe some of his competitors in the presidential race.

Trump called Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "confused." He then paused when asked about Sen. Cruz (R-TX), a rival Trump has only recently begun to criticize.

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Donald Trump maintained his solid lead in a national online tracking poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey released on Tuesday, despite a small dip in support, while Sen. Marco Rubio saw a small bump in support.

Trump earned 35 percent support from Republican and Republican-leaning voters, a 4-point drop from 39 percent in last week's tracking poll. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) earned 20 percent support, which has not changed since last week's poll.

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Hillary Clinton maintained a solid lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a national online tracking poll released by NBC News/Survey Monkey on Tuesday.

Clinton earned 51 percent support from Democrats and Democratic leaning voters, while Sanders earned 39 percent support, giving Clinton a 12-point lead. Clinton gained a percentage point from the tracking poll released last week, and Sanders' support remained the same.

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Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., lamented on Monday that his opinion is "discredited" as a billionaire's son.

"Now, listen, in this country I’m the son of a billionaire, I can’t even have an opinion anymore," he said on Breitbart News Daily, according to audio published by Buzzfeed News. "I could be Albert Einstein and they would discredit me as a horrible scientist. It doesn’t matter."

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Former President Bill Clinton began his remarks at a rally for Hillary Clinton on Monday by lamenting that he has to watch his words more now that he's campaigning for his wife.

"The hotter this election gets, the more I wish I were just a former president and just for a few months not the spouse of the next one because, you know, I have to be careful what I say," he said at the rally in New Hampshire.

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Ammon Bundy, the leader of the occupation at an federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, released a new statement from jail through his lawyers on Monday.

In the statement recorded on Saturday and published on YouTube by his lawyers on Monday, Bundy called on state lawmakers to visit their constituents in prison and protect their rights to free speech from the federal government.

"This is a call to action for any elected representative in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, the State of Washington, and Ohio. You have constituents in federal custody. Please visit and contact them to voice your support for free speech, the right to assemble, and civil disobedience," Bundy said in the statement. "It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state," he continued in his statement to state officials.

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Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign has sent out a mailer that says on the envelope that there is a "check enclosed," but the document inside asks for a donation with a fake check made out to the Cruz campaign, the Huffington Post reported on Sunday.

The return address on the envelope says it came from "U.S. Senator Ted Cruz" in a font that looks official. Below his name on the envelope in smaller text, the envelope reads, "Personal business" and "Not printed or mailed at taxpayer expense."

The mailer includes a fake check made out to "Cruz for President," and a letter says that a "group of generous supporters" will match any contribution made to the campaign.

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The Iowa Democratic Party on Sunday released updated results from the Iowa caucus, showing Hillary Clinton still narrowly winning the state, after results from five precincts were corrected.

Following the corrections, Clinton lost 0.122 state delegate equivalents, Sen. Bernie Sanders gained 0.1053 state delegate equivalents, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley gained 0.0167 state delegate equivalents.

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Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential pack in New Hampshire by a wide margin, but Sen. Marco Rubio's surge to second place nearly disappeared in a tracking poll released by the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Monday.

Trump leads his competitors by 21 points, earning 34 percent support from likely Republican primary voters. The real estate mogul's support in the tracking poll has dropped 4 percentage points since the beginning of last week.

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