Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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In a violent confrontation with law enforcement, several leaders of the militia standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon were arrested and one was killed Tuesday evening.

Ammon Bundy, the leader of the rag-tag group of militiamen who have been holed up at an Oregon wildlife refuge for more than three weeks was arrested along with four other leaders in a traffic stop along an Oregon highway, according to the FBI.

The AP reported that the FBI confirmed that one person "who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased."

CNN and the Oregonian reported Tuesday night that LaVoy Finicum, 54, was killed. When law enforcement officials intercepted the vehicle carrying several militia leaders, most surrendered, according to CNN. However, police told CNN that Ryan Bundy and Finicum did not. Law enforcement told CNN they were not clear on who opened fire first. Bundy did not suffer life threatening injuries.

Finicum was a rancher from Arizona who had stopped paying grazing fees to the federal government. Finicum had said he was inspired to take a stand after participating in the 2014 confrontation between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. He had also penned a survivalist thriller on ranchers taking up arms against law enforcement after an electromagnetic pulse knocked out America's infrastructure titled "Only By Blood and Suffering."

Finicum was a foster parent, but four of the children in his care were removed from his home in Arizona earlier this month as the refuge standoff dragged on

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It was not a good week for Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza declared Clinton had the "worst week in Washington" after the campaign experienced "collapsing poll numbers on the eve of actual votes" in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"Bill Clinton Questioning Hillary Clinton's Super Tuesday Plan," Politico wrote Thursday in a detailed report on how the former president has been in "almost daily" contact with campaign manager Robby Mook over whether Hillary Clinton is really as prepped and ready as she needs to be to fend off a primary challenge from Sanders.

Polls in Iowa, increasingly show Sanders closing the gap with Clinton, putting into serious question whether the former secretary of state can escape the curse of her 2008 caucus meltdown even as her campaign has hustled to build an extensive grassroots operation from rural Dickinson County to Polk County, home of Des Moines.

With just one week to go until Iowa, even observers on the ground are admitting that Sanders's ground game looks like it has finally caught up to Clinton's.

"She learned her lesson and she said she was not going to be outworked this time, but again, Sanders has more enthusiasm. That might be what we see on caucus night," said Timothy Hagle, an expert on the caucus process in Iowa and a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. "Every time there is a dump of emails, it hurts her."

In New Hampshire, a CNN poll Tuesday showed Sanders with a staggering 27-point lead.

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