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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All five paid staffers in New Hampshire for a Super PAC backing Ben Carson's presidential bid have left the organization to volunteer for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid, New Hampshire television station WMUR reported on Monday morning.

Jerry Sickles, a spokesman for the New Hampshire staff at the 2016 Committee, told WMUR that he and four other employees at the Super PAC felt that Carson had not been spending enough time campaigning in New Hampshire. The staffers feel that Cruz has the best chance to win the nomination, Sickles told WMUR.

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Ben Carson on Thursday said that he doesn't believe the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Canada should keep the Texas senator from running for president.

"It seems to me like the rules are fairly well-specified in terms of who qualifies to be a natural born citizen," Carson said when asked about Cruz's eligibility to run for president on Newsmax's "The Steve Malzberg Show," according to video posted by Buzzfeed News.

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The Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a written opposition to Texas' lawsuit attempting to block the federal government from resettling Syrian refugees in the state, arguing that the state did not provide evidence that the refugees would pose a threat to Texas.

The state of Texas in December sued the federal government and the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that helps resettle refugees, in an attempt to keep Syrian refugees from moving to the state. Texas argued that the federal government had not provided enough information about the refugees and said that the refugees pose security concerns.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday dismissed comments from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) questioning whether the Texas senator was eligible to run for president given that he was born in Canada, arguing that McCain only expressed doubt in order to help Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential bid.

"I think it is no surprise to anybody that John McCain is going to be supporting Marco Rubio in this election," Cruz told "Bloomberg's With All Due Respect." "It's no surprise at all that he's trying to do what he can to help the candidate that he's favoring who he thinks shares policy positions with him."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday called for the United States government to reassess certain refugees who are already in the country and search for potential terrorist threats, according to Buzzfeed News.

"There is no doubt we need a retroactive assessment of refugees who have been admitted into this country," Cruz told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa, according to Buzzfeed. “We need to systematically examine the national security threats, and I’ll tell you one of the greatest challenges with the Obama administration assessing security risks is the bizarre, the indefensible political correctness of refusing to acknowledge what it is we’re fighting."

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House conservatives tried to recruit retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for speaker of the House in 2014, the Republican presidential candidate told The Hill on Thursday.

"They were looking for an alternative, they were looking for someone strong and courageous who might really be able to add some spine and some backbone,” Carson told The Hill. "I was very flattered that there were several members that thought I’d fit the bill very well, but I think it played out correctly the way that it did."

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