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Lies, Damned Lies And Last Night's GOP Debate Talking Points

GOP Debate fact checkDays before the New Hampshire primary, the top seven Republican presidential candidates stretched some facts in the eighth GOP debate.

Sen. Ted Cruz incorrectly claimed that waterboarding doesn’t meet the “generally recognized” definition of torture. The definition he gave reflects a controversial 2002 Bush administration memo.

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Federal court invalidates maps of two NC congressional districts

Federal vourt invalidates gerrymandaring in NCA federal court panel ruled late Friday that two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks, sparking uncertainty about whether the March primary elections can proceed as planned.

An order from a three-judge panel bars elections in North Carolina’s 1st and 12th congressional districts until new maps are approved.

Challengers of North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan quickly praised the ruling, while legislators who helped design the maps said they were disappointed and promised a quick appeal.

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Bridge case defendants in court seeking Christie office docs

Chris ChristieThe two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case are in court seeking documents the governor's office wants to keep confidential.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are accused of orchestrating the closures of access lanes to the bridge in September 2013 to punish a local mayor for not endorsing Christie's re-election.

Their trial on wire fraud and civil rights counts is scheduled for mid-May.

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Sanders hopes for 'honest' count of missing precincts

caucusMidnight came and went without a declared winner of the Iowa caucus.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat in the state that holds first-in-the-nation status during the primary season.

As of early Tuesday morning, Iowa's Democratic Party reported Clinton having  49.89% of the vote and Sanders receiving 49.54%. Despite 1% of the precincts still missing, Clinton's press secretary claimed victory early Tuesday morning.

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Donald Trump, 2016's first loser

Donald Trump, loserDonald Trump wakes up Tuesday as a loser. Now, will it matter?

After dominating the Republican race and predicting a win in Monday’s caucuses, Trump looks to New Hampshire with his veneer of invincibility shattered and fresh proof that winning in the polls does not prevent losing when it matters.

Even as his team expressed confidence about next week’s primary, Republican operatives and Trump allies saw what his critics had long predicted — a campaign that was not equipped to capitalize on its candidate’s popularity and momentum. Now they expect polls to tighten in New Hampshire and for the loss to take a psychological toll on supporters of a contender who has sold himself as the ultimate winner.

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NBC News Projects: Ted Cruz Wins The Iowa Republican Caucus

Ted CruzNBC News projects that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will win the Iowa Republican caucuses. The Democratic race remains too close to call.

Cruz bested Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio with the rest of the field trailing further behind.

Cruz, who lagged in the polls behind Donald Trump in the final days heading into the caucus, pulled out an upset over the real estate mogul's bombastic campaign.

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White House rejects Donald Trump's offer to build $100 million ballroom

WH rejects 100 m ballroom for WHThe White House confirmed Monday that Donald Trump had offered to spend $100 million on a new White House ballroom, but said the offer was quickly rejected.

"I'm (not) sure it would be appropriate to have a shiny gold 'Trump' sign on any part of the White House," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "That's what most of the buildings that he offers to build include, so I'm unclear if something like that would have been required with this offer as well."

"I can tell you that this was not something that was at all seriously considered," Earnest said. He said he could not provide details because "I was not the one who was consulted."

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