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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.

Articles by Caitlin

Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday that he notified the White House that he does not want to be considered as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

"Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States," Sandoval said in a statement obtained by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston. "I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned."

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Since Mitt Romney on Wednesday urged Donald Trump to release his tax returns, the real estate mogul has been poo-pooing the former Republican presidential nominee and arguing that his tax returns aren't all that important.

In his latest string of tweets late Thursday morning, Trump reminded Americans how large and complicated his tax returns on.

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Now that the 41-day occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge has come to an end, The Oregonian compiled a preliminary analysis of the standoff's cost to taxpayers.

The FBI has yet to release the cost of its investigation into the occupation, and The Oregonian did not obtain numbers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But a look at state and local budgets revealed that the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge cost taxpayers at least $3.3 million so far, according to The Oregonian. The paper noted that that number will rise.

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Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) has asked his fellow Republican congressmen to sign onto a letter urging either Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to drop out of the presidential race so that one of them can defeat Donald Trump.

"Through rivalry, disunity, and baseless hatred in our ranks, conservatives are now in danger of splintering our voice and ensuring that the Republican Party’s nominee in the general election is Mr. Trump who is incontrovertibly, the weakest General Election candidate in the Republican field with the strongest probability of allowing Hillary Clinton to become President," Franks wrote in the letter, according to a copy obtained by the Huffington Post.

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During a town hall with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz said he would pardon David Daleiden, one of the activists who faces a felony charge after creating "sting" videos about Planned Parenthood.

An audience member asked the Texas senator if he would pardon Daleiden if his case became a federal one.

"The answer is yes," Cruz responded.

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After former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to release his tax returns, the real estate mogul indicated that he would consider doing so, but said he was in "no rush."

During an interview on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked Trump why he won't simply release his tax returns quickly.

"Because my returns are extremely complex and I’ll make a determination at the right time," Trump responded. "I’m in no rush to do it. Nobody’s been bringing it up, except for Mitt Romney, and the reason he brings it up is that he lost in the last election, and lost very, very badly."

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Fox News' Martha MacCallum quizzed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Senate Republicans' decision to deny President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a hearing, telling the senator that his position is "surprising" given his reverence for the Constitution.

"The president has laid out I think what anyone would say is a very fair set of circumstances for nominating someone, so why not give this person hearing?" MacCallum asked Lee During a Wednesday interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Wednesday endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in an interview with CNN, a few days after she won Nevada Democratic caucus.

"I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary. I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe," he told CNN in an interview published on Wednesday. "When she was the first lady, she started the trend toward doing something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was the front on the health care during that administration."

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Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation fellow, last week argued that the Supreme Court should count the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's votes in cases in which the justices have already cast preliminary votes.

During an interview with American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios, von Spakovsky noted that after hearing oral arguments, the justices meet and cast votes in the case before writing the decision.

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