Today in One Paragraph
The FBI sealed off a refuge in Oregon occupied by armed protesters, hours after some of the movement’s leaders were arrested Tuesday night. Donald Trump and Fox News exchanged jabs over the Republican frontrunner’s boycott of Thursday’s GOP debate. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton said she’s ready to participate in a proposed Democratic debate. And Bernie Sanders met with Obama in the White House.
Escalation in Oregon. After eight militants who were occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were arrested—and another killed—in a standoff Tuesday night, the FBI has set up checkpoints around the reserve. The federal lands have been occupied for nearly three weeks by a group of armed activists protesting the government’s ownership of the land. The movement’s leader, Ammon Bundy, was among those arrested Tuesday. (David Graham, The Atlantic)
Feuding With Fox. The conservative news outlet and Donald Trump are in a war of public jabs following the Republican frontrunner’s announcement that he’d skip the network’s debate on Thursday. Fox mocked Trump, while he criticized moderator Megyn Kelly. (Steve Peoples and Jill Colven, Associated Press)
In the Oval. President Obama met in private with Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who said he didn’t think that the president is playing favorites in the 2016 race. Sanders said the session focused on a range of topics, including an update on the fight against the Islamic State. (Kevin Liptak, CNN)