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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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Donald Trump declined to take the bait after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recycled his diss about the billionaire mogul embodying “New York values” during Thursday’s Republican presidential debate.

Instead, he launched into a rhapsodic reflection about how New York City reacted to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, saying “no place on earth” could have handled the events “more beautifully, more humanely.”

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Carly Fiorina had one goal in Thursday night’s presidential undercard debate: tearing down her Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Ignoring the other Republican candidates on the stage entirely, Fiorina began her closing statement by saying the 2016 race should culminate in a contest between her and Clinton.

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