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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) rocked the Republican presidential primary on Friday with an endorsement of Donald Trump, calling the real estate mogul the candidate best "prepared to provide America with the strong leadership."

In a joint press conference in Fort Worth it was all back-slapping and bonhomie between the two formal rivals. But way back --- errr, two weeks ago -- when Christie was still a candidate in the presidential race, he was targeting The Donald just like the other GOP also-rans. Perhaps stung by Christie's barbs, Trump even noted earlier this month that Christie "used to be a friend" but things had changed. Until today.

Here are some of Christie's most pointed attacks on Trump from the primary campaign:

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During a press dinner on Thursday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) let loose on the Republican party and the GOP presidential candidate, telling his party that it's going to have to "up its game."

Graham's comments came during a dinner held by the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner where lawmaker guests typically crack jokes about their own party, as well as lawmakers across the aisle.

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In an interview that aired Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Hillary Clinton said she's been surprised by Donald Trump's transformation from "good company" to a "mean-spirited" and "offensive" person.

"I didn’t know him that well, but I did know him. And I think it’s been most surprising to me to see somebody who was affable and was good company and had a reputation of being kind of bigger than life really traffic in a lot of the prejudice and paranoia," she said. "And some of the comments that he’s made, which have been so divisive and mean-spirited, doesn’t quite fit with what I thought I knew about him."

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Following Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump suggested that he always gets audited by the IRS because of his religion.

During a post-debate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Trump noted that he cannot release his tax returns while he's being audited. He then lamented that he's constantly audited by the IRS.

"I'm always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. I don’t know — maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently," he said.

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Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday that he notified the White House that he does not want to be considered as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

"Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States," Sandoval said in a statement obtained by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston. "I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned."

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Since Mitt Romney on Wednesday urged Donald Trump to release his tax returns, the real estate mogul has been poo-pooing the former Republican presidential nominee and arguing that his tax returns aren't all that important.

In his latest string of tweets late Thursday morning, Trump reminded Americans how large and complicated his tax returns on.

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Now that the 41-day occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge has come to an end, The Oregonian compiled a preliminary analysis of the standoff's cost to taxpayers.

The FBI has yet to release the cost of its investigation into the occupation, and The Oregonian did not obtain numbers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But a look at state and local budgets revealed that the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge cost taxpayers at least $3.3 million so far, according to The Oregonian. The paper noted that that number will rise.

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Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) has asked his fellow Republican congressmen to sign onto a letter urging either Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to drop out of the presidential race so that one of them can defeat Donald Trump.

"Through rivalry, disunity, and baseless hatred in our ranks, conservatives are now in danger of splintering our voice and ensuring that the Republican Party’s nominee in the general election is Mr. Trump who is incontrovertibly, the weakest General Election candidate in the Republican field with the strongest probability of allowing Hillary Clinton to become President," Franks wrote in the letter, according to a copy obtained by the Huffington Post.

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