Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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President Obama hit back at Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) during a news conference on Monday at the G20 summit, saying it was "shameful" to suggest a "religious test" for refugees from the Middle East.

Obama didn't mention Cruz by name, but his remarks came after the GOPer said Muslim refugees from Syria should be barred from coming to the United States but that Christians should be admitted.

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