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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

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday joined the criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) following reports that the Cruz campaign told Iowa caucusgoers that Carson was dropping out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon just had plans for a quick trip to Florida for a fresh set of clothes.

"Obviously we’ve all seen the reports of the rumors that he spread about Ben Carson, and we know those weren’t accurate. And I thought it was unfair to Ben," Rubio said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday criticized President Obama's speech at a mosque, citing it as an example of Obama's tendency to pit Americans "against each other."

The President on Wednesday visited a mosque in Maryland, where he told Muslim-Americans that they are an important part of American society and condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans that has no place in our country."

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Donald Trump on Wednesday briefly discussed President Obama's trip to a mosque, noting that the President chose to visit a mosque when "there are a lot of places he can go."

During an interview on Fox News' "On The Record," host Greta Van Susteren asked for Trump's thoughts on Obama's trip, where the President condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans."

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When asked on Wednesday about Donald Trump's claims that he committed fraud during the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not hold back.

The Texas senator tore into Trump for hurling insults at his fellow Republican presidential candidates every time he doesn't get his way.

Trump on Wednesday accused Cruz of committing "fraud" in Iowa, citing claims that Cruz's campaign told Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, urging them instead to vote for Cruz. Trump said that Cruz's victory in the Iowa caucus should be "nullified."

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Updated at 9:03 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2016

A Republican state representative in New Hampshire on Wednesday submitted testimony to a state House committee hearing arguing that giving public assistance to Muslims amounts to treason.

State Rep. Ken Weyler submitted the testimony for a hearing on a bill he co-sponsored that would prohibit "any member of a foreign terrorist organization from receiving public assistance, medical assistance, or food stamps."

But Weyler's testimony went way farther than the bill purports to go.

"Giving public benefits to any person or family that practices Islam is aiding and abetting the enemy. That is treason," Weyler wrote in his testimony, according to a copy of the testimony submitted by Weyler and provided to TPM by the state House Democrats' office.

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The Illinois Board of Elections on Monday ruled against two complaints charging that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) cannot run for president because he is not a "natural born citizen."

The board ruled that Cruz "is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth as the candidate did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after his birth," according to the board's meeting minutes.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday said he would not discipline any campaign staffers for notifying Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson had plans to drop out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon only had plans for a quick trip home to Florida.

Cruz said on "The Mike Gallagher Show" that members of his campaign were "passing on news reports."

"I don’t make a practice of scapegoating staff members when it’s politically convenient," Cruz added.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning acknowledged that his campaign may have needed a more robust operation in Iowa, noting that he only recently learned what the term "ground game" means.

"I think we could’ve used a better ground game, a term I wasn’t even familiar with. You know, when you hear ‘ground game,’ you say, ‘What the hell is that?’ Now I’m familiar with it," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if his campaign needed better organization to win in Iowa.

"I think in retrospect we should’ve had a better ground game, I would’ve funded a better ground game," he continued. "But people told me my ground game was fine. And I think by most standards it was."

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Updated at 9:52 a.m.

Donald Trump on Wednesday morning published several tweets accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "fraud" and said that the Iowa caucuses either need to be redone or "nullified," citing reports that the Cruz campaign disseminated misinformation about Ben Carson and sent out mailers suggesting Iowans violated election law.

Trump began a Wednesday morning Twitter rant by accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "illegally" winning the Iowa caucus before quickly deleting that tweet, according to numerous reporters.

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