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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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During his first court appearance since his arrest, Nevada rancher and anti-government icon Cliven Bundy requested a court-appointed attorney Thursday, according to The Oregonian.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart said she needed to see Bundy's financial documents to assess whether he should receive a public defender.

"The court only appoints counsel for those who can't afford an attorney," Stewart said, according to The Oregonian.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday said he had nothing to do with reported push polls to South Carolina residents denounced by both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Donald Trump.

"I have no idea. We had nothing to do with them. I don't know what they were. We had nothing to do with them. So I had read reports of what is being said but somebody else is doing them, not us," Cruz told reporters on Thursday when asked about reports of the polls, according to Politico.

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After the last four occupiers left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, the Harney County Court said it was "grateful" that the standoff was over, but warned against any continued presence of militia groups in the community.

"Law enforcement will now be able to begin the process of clearing booby traps and processing the crime scene. Let’s be clear, armed occupation of federal property is a crime, it is not a peaceful protest, and the illegal taking of federal property is a matter rightly dealt with by the FBI," the statement reads.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a Thursday statement that they are "relieved" that the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon ended on Thursday after the four remaining members of the militia turned themselves in to federal authorities.

"We are relieved that the illegal occupation of Malheur NWR is over. While we are now able to look forward to a new beginning, there is still much that needs to be done so that the community and the larger public can be welcomed back to their refuge," Jason Holm, an assistant regional director at the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter John Sepulvado.

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As the four remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge prepared to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday, a former Oregon occupier said that her husband, who had also been present at the refuge, was just arrested.

Melissa Cooper wrote on Facebook on Thursday morning that Blaine Cooper was arrested by the FBI. Cooper's alleged arrest was also mentioned on the livestream of the remaining Oregon militiamen preparing to turn themselves in to the FBI.

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In a post on Facebook, the Rev. Franklin Graham said he would arrive in Oregon on Thursday morning and head to the federal wildlife refuge where the four remaining occupiers are reportedly set to turn themselves in to federal authorities.

Graham wrote that he had been on the phone with the occupiers each night for the past week and that he was on the phone with them on Wednesday night as the FBI closed in on the refuge.

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Two of the remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge, husband and wife duo Sean and Sandy Anderson, confirmed on social media that they still plan to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday morning.

"It's a very said day for me as we plan to turn ourselves over to the very people we fought so hard against," Sandy Anderson wrote in a Facebook post, first reported by The Oregonian.

Sean Anderson wrote on his Facebook page that the occupation was coming "to an end," according to The Oregonian.

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