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

The chair of the Michigan Republican party removed the party's grassroots vice chair, Wendy Day, on Monday over Day's decision not to back Donald Trump's presidential bid, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Upon seeking advice from our legal counsel, and recognizing that our Grassroots Vice Chair is unable to fulfill the duties of her office, I am declaring the position ... vacant," Michigan GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel wrote in an email to state GOP committee members, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Donald Trump on Monday said that it's possible that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) does not want him to win the presidential race because of Ryan's own political ambitions.

"Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win," Trump told ABC News when asked if he believes Ryan wants him to win in November.

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NBC's "Today" show parted ways with Billy Bush on Monday following the host's suspension over a 2005 tape in which he and Donald Trump can be heard making lewd comments about women.

"While he was a new member of the TODAY team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward," Senior Vice President Noah Oppenheim said in an internal memo to staff on Monday.

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During a private fundraiser last week, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) openly expressed concern that Donald Trump's candidacy could depress voter turnout and hurt candidates down-ballot, according to audio obtained by CNN.

"We never thought that the House was in jeopardy, that we could lose 30 seats in the House," Heck said. "If the current trajectory continues that becomes a possibility."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Monday announced that it will boost its coordinated efforts in Arizona, an historically red state, with more than $2 million for ads, as well as mail and digital ads.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on a call with reporters that the state would still be an "uphill climb" for the campaign, but that Donald Trump's recent rhetoric has put the state in play.

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Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been very involved in the Republican nominee's campaign, met with an investor about possibly launching a Trump television network, the Financial Times reported Monday morning.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, met with Aryeh Bourkoff, the founder and CEO of the investment bank LionTree, some time within the past couple of months, the Financial Times reported, citing three unnamed sources.

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During a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tore into Donald Trump, ridiculing him for attacking the physical appearance of the women who have recently accused him of sexual misconduct.

"I never in my life thought that we would see a nominee for president of the United States who calls women fat pigs and bimbos. I never thought we would see a nominee for president who would brag about sexually assaulting women. I never thought I would see a nominee who would attack his victims who came forward, saying they were too ugly to have been the objects of his assault," Warren said.

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As Donald Trump goes after the physical appearance of the woman who have accused him of sexual misconduct, his running mate Mike Pence on Sunday would not join Trump in attacking the women.

During a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Pence dismissed the 2005 tape revealing Trump's vulgar comments about women as "just talk." NBC's Chuck Todd noted that Trump has now attacked the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and asked Pence if he really believes Trump's 2005 tape was "just talk."

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As Donald Trump's poll numbers suffer in the aftermath of vulgar comments surfaced in a 2005 tape and several accusations of sexual misconduct, the Republican nominee on Sunday lashed out at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and warned of a "rigged election."

Trump started going after Ryan when the Speaker distanced himself from the GOP nominee after the 2005 tape in which Trump brags about groping women, and Trump has not relented on the Speaker. And he continued to complain about a lack of support from Ryan on Sunday.

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