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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

Donald Trump put on quite a show during a campaign speech in Greenville, South Carolina, on Thursday, where he read The New York Times from the podium and asked someone to join him on stage to inspect his hair.

Trump began by noting that he's "always on the front page of The New York Times now." He then put on reading glasses because "the print gets smaller and smaller and smaller as they lose more money."

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In the wake of the shooting deaths of two Virginia journalists, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday morning argued that the U.S. does not need stricter gun control laws to reduce the rate of gun deaths.

"It's just an awful tragedy," Christie said on "CBS This Morning" while responding to the murders. "My heart goes out to those folks who suffered that loss. It's a terrible thing. I think most Americans are tired — tired of violence, tired of lawlessness. They want folks to do something about it."

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The father of reporter Alison Parker, one of the two Virginia journalists shot and killed on Wednesday morning during a live newscast, called hours later for legislators to pass stricter gun control legislation.

During an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Andy Parker said that while he is still in a state of shock, "anger is starting to creep in" as he mourns his daughter.

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Fox's Jesse Watters joined "The Five" on Wednesday, where he compared Univision host to an "illegal alien" after the journalist was temporarily kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference in Iowa.

"I think Ramos acted like an illegal alien and got treated like one," Watters said. "He cut the line, was disruptive, and then was deported and then Trump let him back in. Isn’t that his policy?"

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The suspected gunman who shot and killed two Virginia journalists during a live newscast early Wednesday morning shot himself on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, Virginia, hours later, state police told television station WDBJ.

There were conflicting reports on Wednesday morning about whether the suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, had died. After initially reporting that he had died, WDBJ indicated that he remains alive. The station's general manager reported on air that the suspect was in "very critical condition."


Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported that Flanagan had died.

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After two journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning during live local newscast for television station WDBJ, the boyfriend of one of the victims opened up about his relationship and mourned the loss of his girlfriend.

Chris Hurst, who is also an anchor at WDBJ, published a tweet on Wednesday morning saying that he had just moved in with Alison Parker, the 24-year-old reporter killed in the shooting. He then published a series of tweets about the woman he wanted to marry.

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The man suspected of killing two Virginia journalists and injuring their interview subject during a live broadcast posted what appeared to be his own videos of the shooting on social media before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan, who also goes by Bryce Williams. Flanagan previously worked for WDBJ, the same television station as the victims, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

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During an appearance on Fox News Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly declined to answer host Megyn Kelly's question about birthright citizenship and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Kelly asked Cruz, who has recently backed ending birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, whether he believes that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship to those born in America or if he thinks the Constitution would need to be amended.

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During a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night, Donald Trump ejected Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after the journalist began asking the real estate mogul about his plan to deport undocumented immigrants from the U.S. without first being called on by Trump.

As Ramos confronted Trump, he told the journalist that he had not been called upon and repeatedly told Ramos to sit down, according to video captured by CNN.

"Go back to Univision," Trump told Ramos.

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