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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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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Donald Rumsfeld, who served as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, decided at age 83 to try his hand at developing a Solitaire game app.

He apparently became obsessed with a version of solitaire created by Winston Churchill. In between assessing the "known knowns" and the "known unknowns," Rumsfeld would challenge himself to a game. He wrote in a post on Medium:

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During a lengthy interview with Politico published on Monday, President Obama subtly went to bat for Hillary Clinton, noting that the former secretary of state is "idealistic and progressive" and has "more experience than any non-vice president" who has ever run for president.

In comparing Clinton with her main rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Obama told Politico that "they’re both passionate about giving everybody a shot."

He said that Sanders' message "has an appeal."

"There’s no doubt that Bernie has tapped into a running thread in Democratic politics that says, ‘Why are we still constrained by the terms of the debate that were set by Ronald Reagan?'" Obama said.

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President Obama told Politico in an interview published on Monday morning that the Republican party has made a major transformation since he ran against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 presidential election.

"You think about it: When I ran against John McCain, John McCain and I had real differences, sharp differences, but John McCain didn’t deny climate science," Obama said on Politico's "Off Message" podcast. "John McCain didn’t call for banning Muslims from the United States… [The] Republican vision has moved not just to the right, but has moved to a place that is unrecognizable."

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