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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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A protester was removed from a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas on Monday night, prompting some of the Republican presidential candidate's supporters to yell racial slurs and call for the protester to be lit on fire, according to a report from Buzzfeed News.

Toward the beginning of his speech at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort, Trump brought a supporter on stage whose son was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant gang member, according to Yahoo News. The supporter, Jamiel Shaw, said that Americans "need Trump."

While Shaw was on stage, protester Ender Austin III yelled and called for gun control, he told Yahoo News.

Austin, a Black Lives Matter supporter who attended the rally with a group called Unity Vegas, was then removed from the event by security. A video captured by Buzzfeed News reporter McKay Coppins shows Austin being detained by event security.

A Trump supporter can be heard yelling, "Light the motherfucker on fire!"

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After the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim husband and wife suspected of having become radicalized, Muslim Americans and mosques throughout the country have been targeted with threats and violence.

It's not clear how significant the uptick in reported attacks has been, but Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism told CBS News last week that he's counted at least three dozen threats and attacks.

"We're talking at least three dozen that we're aware of, and I'm sure there are many more incidents that haven't been reported," he said. "With legit terror attacks and the public discourse about them, it has created an atmosphere ripe for these types of stereotypes and incidents."

And numerous news outlets, including The Intercept, have rounded up the reported threats and attacks on Muslims and mosques in the country.

Below is a list of incidents reported since the Dec. attack:

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Dr. Ben Carson on Sunday continued to threaten to leave the Republican party if GOP officials plot how to handle a contested Republican convention if Trump is still in the race.

In a statement last week, Carson railed against Republicans for holding a meeting to discuss a potential contested convention and threatened to leave the party.

"If this was the beginning of the plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace them with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party," Carson said, referencing a report that Republican National Committee and other top Republicans may plan to stop Trump at the convention if the race is still contested.

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As Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) rises in popularity with Iowa Republican voters, Donald Trump has started taking swings at the Texas senator, who continues to shrug off Trump's attacks.

Though Cruz has refrained from criticizing Trump in public, he questioned the real estate mogul's "judgement" during a private fundraiser last week. He later tried to downplay the comments, noting that voters will have to decide whether each candidate has good judgement.

Trump last week called out Cruz for attacking him in private but refusing to do so in public. But the senator would not accept Trump's challenge to take his attacks out into the open.

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Kansas Republican state Rep. Steve Brunk this month accepted a job with a nonprofit group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. But Brunk is planning on keeping his legislative seat, and he has been pretty open about his ability to act as an incredibly effective advocate for his new employer while continuing as a state representative.

The group, the Kansas Family Policy Council, has announced Brunk's hire, even though the lawmaker himself claims he has yet to make a decision. But he was very candid with the Wichita Eagle about the amount of influence he could have as a representative of the Family Policy Council and as a lawmaker, even though state law does not allow elected representatives to also work as lobbyists.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on Friday condemned the state's refusal to process the food stamp application for a Syrian refugee family that arrived in Georgia this month, questioning whether the move is constitutional.

"The ACLU of Georgia has consistently maintained that our constitution grants basic protections of the law to citizens and individuals who are legally in the United States. Any action to limit those protections based on nationality -- including Governor Deal's failure to process service benefits for lawfully present families in Georgia -- raise serious constitutional questions," Nora Benavidez, staff attorney at the ACLU of Georgia, said in a statement to TPM. "We are concerned for those families that have arrived and we are committed to advocating with our partner organizations to ensure the rights accorded to them."

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on Thursday suggested that the national debate about the Islamic State and terrorism has likely strengthened the Republican party recently.

During an interview on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect," Portman was asked about the state of the GOP.

"I think the party is strong for a couple reasons. One, we’re in a period in our country’s history, sadly, where we have a threat from abroad again. And people tend to look to Republicans to help protect the country," Portman said in response.

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The state of Georgia won't process the application for food stamps and other state benefits filed by a newly arrived Syrian refugee family last week, the state Department of Human Services confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

The Department of Human Services sent a memo in November ordering employees not to process the applications of Syrian refugees after Gov. Nathan Deal (R) issued an executive order telling all state agencies to stop any involvement with the resettlement of refugees from Syria.

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One day after a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned Donald Trump's "judgment" in a private event, Trump called out Cruz for criticizing him behind closed doors but refraining from negative comments in public.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surged to second place among New Hampshire Republicans in a poll released by Boston radio station WBUR on Friday, while Donald Trump maintained his lead in the key primary state.

Among Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, 27 percent support Donald Trump, 12 percent support Christie, 11 percent support Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and 10 percent support Sen. Ted Cruz (TX).

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