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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, said in an interview published Friday that he may vote for Hillary Clinton, citing Donald Trump's "disturbing" comments regarding foreign policy.

"I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her," he told German magazine Der Spiegel.

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The War on Christmas is back, and it's more strained than ever!

While listing the reasons why his father ran for president in an interview published Thursday, Eric Trump pointed to the tree on the White House lawn and claimed it was renamed the "Holiday tree."

However, in his attempt to explain his father's commitment to combating political correctness and the "War on Christmas," Eric Trump incorrectly accused the White House of renaming the Christmas tree.

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Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, is registered to vote in Florida, but the address he lists in the state is an unoccupied home, The Guardian reported Friday.

Bannon rented the home in Miami-Dade county for his ex-wife, Diane Clohesy, but Bannon does not live there and Clohesy moved out of the house earlier in the year, according to The Guardian.

Because Bannon does not appear to live in the home he lists on his voter registration documents, the Guardian reported, he is "in apparent breach" of state election laws. "Under Florida law, voters must be legal residents of the state and of the county where they register to vote," the paper reported. The state defines legal residency as the home "where a person mentally intends to make his or her permanent residence."

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on Thursday expressed optimism about the potential for Donald Trump to back away from his initial campaign proposal to deport all undocumented immigrants.

“I’ll wait and see what Donald Trump ultimately decides, I’m not convinced he’s comfortable with the idea of trying to deport 12 million people,” Priebus said on Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" when asked about Trump's recent comments on immigration. “It’s not a practical place to be, and I don’t necessarily think he was there. I think it’s up to him to work through this.”

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Donald Trump on Thursday night claimed that he doesn't know what the alt-right is when asked about Hillary Clinton's charges in a Thursday speech that Trump has embraced those who push white nationalist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim beliefs.

"Nobody even knows what it is, and she didn't know what it was. This is a term that was just given," Trump said when CNN's Anderson Cooper asked if he embraces the alt-right. "There is no alt-right or alt-left. All that I'm embracing is common sense."

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Donald Trump on Thursday night insisted on CNN that his recent comments about immigration reflect a "hardening" of his stance, but the Republican nominee refused to directly answer questions about his position on deportation.

"I don’t think it’s a softening," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when the host noted that Trump actually said there could be a "softening" of his policy on deportation. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”

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In between "Lock her up!" chants from the crowd, Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday afternoon, painting Hillary Clinton as lying, corrupt, and running the State Department as a criminal enterprise.

"Hillary Clinton’s actions constitute all of the elements of a major criminal enterprise," he told the crowd.

Trump has accused Clinton of criminality for weeks, in a series of unusually direct and unreserved attacks by a major party nominee. But Thursday's speech was a more comprehensive indictment that linked five separate lines of attack: Clinton's meeting with Clinton Foundation donors as secretary of state, her use of a private email server, her speeches to Wall Street, the Benghazi attack, and Trump's claims that the November election is rigged.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

"If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," he said on CNN. "You’re just going to have to do that, it’s too important. So both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, should show both their medical records and tax returns, absolutely."

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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night defended the Clinton Foundation and responded to Donald Trump's accusation that the foundation "sold access" to Clinton while she was secretary of state.

"What Trump has said is ridiculous," Clinton said during a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and to protect U.S. interests abroad.”

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