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.

Articles by Caitlin

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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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning painted his main rival in the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as an unlikeable "lone wolf," piggy-backing on recent reports that that Republican senators dislike the Texas senator and may prefer Trump as the nominee.

"I think Ted’s a nasty guy. People don’t like him at all. I mean, he’s got all of these senators — Republican senators — he doesn’t have support of one of them," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday told a group of conservative pastors in Iowa that if Donald Trump wins the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, he could become the Republican nominee.

"If Donald wins Iowa he right now has a substantial lead in New Hampshire. If he went on to win New Hampshire as well there’s a very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee. And the next seven days in Iowa will determine whether or not that happens," Cruz said at a luncheon held by an evangelical group, the American Renewal Project, according to the Washington Post.

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Donald Trump on Monday said he wasn't 100 percent sure that he will attend the Thursday Republican presidential debate moderated by Fox News, renewing the feud he started with Megyn Kelly after the first Republican debate.

"I don't like her. She doesn't treat me fairly. I'm not a big fan of hers at all," Trump told CNN on Thursday, adding that Kelly "better be fair" to him while moderating the debate.

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Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R) resigned from his position as majority whip on Sunday hours after a report in The Tennessean revealed that he had sent "inappropriate" text messages to numerous women who worked in the statehouse.

Three women, at least two of whom were in their 20s, said that the 32-year-old married lawmaker had sent them text messages asking for photos and asking to meet up at bars.

One woman said he sent her repeated Facebook and text messages late at night. In one text he told her he missed her. In another late-night message he asked for photos, according to The Tennessean.

Another woman received numerous text messages from Durham, one of which asked her for pictures.

"For me, I was just trying to engage professionally, from one professional to another. And he crossed the line: You don’t text and constantly message on Facebook and ask to meet up at bars in the evening," one of the women told The Tennessean.

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