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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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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning explained that he will deport undocumented immigrants from the United States if elected president with a "deportation force" that removes people "humanely."

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Trump said that the U.S. has conducted mass deportations in the past while discussing his plan to boot all undocumented immigrants from the country.

"Look, we have to do what we have to do, and Ike did it and other people have done it," he said, alluding to Dwight Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" in the 1950s, a model Trump has cited before. The former president deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants and dropped them off in remote areas of Mexico without the means to travel home.

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Fox Business Network's Republican presidential debate on Tuesday drew 13.5 million viewers, close to the 14 million viewers who tuned in to the CNBC debate in October, according to Nielson Media Research.

The Tuesday night debate was also streamed online, and spokesperson for Fox Business Network also told CNN that the stream hit 1.4 million concurrent viewers, more than the 1.3 million who tuned in for NBC's Super Bowl livestream.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday night tore into an ad that ran during the Fox Business Network debate that criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and portrayed Warren as a dictator on a red banner at an oppressive CFPB office.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday night attempted to laugh off his inability to list all five agencies he wants to eliminate as part of his tax plan when answering a question during the debate.

Cruz named only four agencies, listing the Department of Commerce twice.

After the Fox Business Network Debate, Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Cruz about his "Rick Perry moment," alluding to the moment during a 2012 presidential debate when the former Texas governor was unable to recall all three federal agencies he wanted to abolish.

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Following a heated argument with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over the weekend, Washington Post columnist and Fox contributor George Will attacked O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Reagan," in a Tuesday column.

Will last week criticized the book and O'Reilly's theory that the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan caused the former president's mental decline and contributed to his Alzheimer's disease. O'Reilly brought Will onto his show on Friday night, where he accused the columnist of libel in a heated argument over the sources O'Reilly used to support his hypothesis.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a web ad on Tuesday morning highlighting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's previous praise for the senator following a Monday night report that Right to Rise, the Super PAC backing Bush, was planning a major ad blitz attacking Rubio.

The video from Rubio's campaign titled "Before The Phony Attacks" shows Bush describing Rubio as "probably the most articulate conservative on the scene today" with "the fortitude to be a good president." In the old clip featured in the video, Bush says he's "a huge Marco fan."

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday defended Dr. Ben Carson from the media's scrutiny, as the retired neurosurgeon faces questions about numerous stories he has told about his past.

Murdoch, the co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said that members of the media have simply targeted Carson due to his faith.

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