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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

As Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a decisive win in the Indiana primary, Democratic candidates in a handful of tough races quickly linked their Republican opponents to Trump.

With Trump at the top of the ticket in November, close Senate races could become even tougher for Republicans, and the real estate mogul's candidacy could put additional states into play, like Arizona and Iowa.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) campaign on Tuesday night issued a short statement taunting incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) over the prospect of running with Trump at the top of the ticket.

"Here are the 5 words that are striking fear into Senator Rob Portman: presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump," Strickland spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement.

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After Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a victory in Tuesday night's Indiana primary, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus tried his best to rally the party behind Trump.

During a Wednesday morning interview on CNN's "New Day," co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Priebus, "Did you ever think this is where you would be this morning?"

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning would not apologize for referencing a National Enquirer story alleging that Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), was seen with Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"All I was doing was referring to a picture that was reported and in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it," Trump said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked if he owed Rafael Cruz an apology. "I don’t know what it was exactly, but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications."

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Following Donald Trump's resounding victory in the Indiana primary, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) railed against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a series of tweets, noting he has "built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia."

She pledged to try her hardest to keep Trump's "toxic stew of hatred & insecurity" out of the White House.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) seemed to hit a personal breaking point Tuesday, going off on Donald Trump and calling on Indiana voters to save the country from the current Republican presidential frontrunner.

Heading into the make-or-break Indiana primary, Cruz did not hold back in front of reporters in an extended diatribe played live on national TV. He accused Trump of lying to voters and painted the real estate mogul as an amoral narcissist. The Texas senator was set off by Trump's Tuesday morning comments floating a conspiracy theory that Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

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The American Family Association has been "testing" Target's new policy allowing employees and customers to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity by sending men to women's bathrooms, according to the conservative group's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios.

"I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom, and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposite of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be, people will not be stopped," Rios told "Breitbart News Daily" on Monday. "We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier."

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Hillary Clinton on Monday attempted to clarify past comments about putting coal companies "out of business" when confronted by a voter on the campaign trail in West Virginia.

While discussing plans to create jobs in the renewable energy industry during a CNN town hall in March, Clinton said, "We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."

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