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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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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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Nobody puts Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in a corner.

The defiant Kentucky Republican told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he will host a “tele-town hall” on Thursday night after failing to make the cut for the main stage at Fox Business Network's Republican presidential debate. Paul was bumped to the undercard debate but refused to participate, telling reporters that he isn’t running a “minor campaign.”

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In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama flatly rejected GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)'s call to fight the threat of the Islamic State by carpet bombing areas of the Middle East occupied by terrorist fighters.

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