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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

After President Obama on Sunday called out Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for touting a bill signed by Obama in a "shameless" campaign mailer, the Republican congressman responded by railing against the President's "serious scandals."

"I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home," Issa said in a statement obtained by CNN. "You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to hold Washington accountable. I’ve worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, and called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it, and will continue to do so."

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During a rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Saturday vulnerable Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) tied himself to Donald Trump and defended his decision to continue to support the embattled Republican nominee.

"There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump. As a matter fact, there's an ad on TV saying I'm too cozy to him," Burr said at a rally for the Gaston County GOP, according to tracking video from the liberal group American Bridge.

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During a Sunday night fundraiser in La Jolla, California, President Obama called out Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for once calling him corrupt, but now boasting in campaign materials that he sponsored legislation later signed by the President.

Issa, who is locked in a tough re-election fight against Democratic challenger retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, recently sent out campaign mailers noting that President Obama signed the Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which Issa co-sponsored. This comes after the Republican congressman and former chair of the House Oversight Committee called the Obama White House "one of the most corrupt administrations" in 2011.

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During a Sunday rally in Naples, Florida, Donald Trump appeared to seek assurance about his candidacy from the crowd.

"When I’m president, if companies want to fire their workers and leave — Are you okay? Listen. When I’m president, this is to me, like, this is why I started. Are we glad that I started? Are we happy?” he asked the audience, according to the Washington Post. “Well, I’ll let you know on the evening of Nov. 8 whether I’m glad.”

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During his rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, on Friday, Donald Trump claimed that Michelle Obama's 2007 line about not being able to run the White House if you can't run your own house was a dig at Hillary Clinton, even though the Obamas have denied that was the case.

"We have a president, all he wants to do is campaign. His wife, all she wants to do is campaign. And I see how much his wife likes Hillary," Trump said. "But wasn't she the one that originally started the statement, if you can't take care of your home — right? — you can’t take care of the White House or the country."

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During his rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, on Friday, Donald Trump told the crowd that he'll be happy with his effort on the campaign trail whether he wins or loses, but later on in his speech, he said losing would make his campaign a "waste of time."

Trump made his initial comment while boasting about his packed campaign rally schedule, saying that he does several events in a day.

"I don't know what kind of shape I'm in but I'll be happy, and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw — and I'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're going to win, but I will be — I will be happy with myself because I always say, I don't want to think back, 'If I only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina by 500 votes, instead of losing it by 200 votes, right? If only I did,'" Trump said. "So I never want to ever look back."

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As Donald Trump refuses to commit to accepting the results of the November election, his surrogates have brought up Al Gore and the Florida recount in the 2000 election.

Gore did request a recount by hand in Florida, but only after an automatic recount found the race to be even closer than the original tally. And once the Supreme Court weighed in and stopped the recount, Gore conceded the race to George W. Bush.

But it goes beyond that.

In a remarkable moment on the floor of the House in January 2001, Vice President Gore presided over the certification of the Electoral College vote – and repeatedly rejected attempts to block the certification by Democratic House members who were continuing to protest Bush's victory.

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