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

Hillary Clinton on Monday hinted that there may be a link between the recent cyber attacks on Democratic campaign groups and Donald Trump's candidacy.

"If you find a turtle on a fence post, it didn't get there by accident," she told reporters Monday when asked if Russia was trying to help Trump, according to NBC News. "I think it's quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee."

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Donald Trump still won't offer many specifics on his plan for addressing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The Republican nominee delivered a speech last week where he said that if undocumented immigrants want to gain legal status in the U.S., they must leave the country and then return. But in two interviews on Monday, Trump seemed unsure about his plan for undocumented immigrants who have not committed additional crimes upon arriving in the U.S.

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In another sign the presidential race is tightening, Donald Trump now holds a lead among likely voters, in both a head-to-head match up with Hillary Clinton and in a four-way race with third party candidates, according to the new CNN/ORC national poll.

Trump leads Clinton by one point, 49-48, among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup. When third party candidates are added to the question Trump leads Clinton by two points, 45-43, among likely voters, with Johnson at 7 points and Stein at 2 points.

This was the first CNN/ORC poll of the general election to filter for likely voters. Clinton had consistently lead in the previous CNN/ORC polls of registered voters, except for a poll immediately following the Republican convention when Trump saw a bounce.

In the broader pool of registered voters, Clinton still leads, though more narrowly than before, according to the poll. In a head-to-head matchup among registered voters, Clinton leads Trump by two points, 48-46, down from her 52-43 lead over Trump in the CNN/ORC poll released in early August. When third party candidates are added to the question, Clinton leads Trump by three points, 44-41, among registered voters, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 points and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 points.

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Eric Trump seems surprised that Donald Trump's Wednesday night speech on immigration prompted several members of the campaign's Hispanic Advisory Council to withdraw their support, noting that his father has been "consistent" on his immigration policy.

When asked Friday on "Fox and Friends" about the advisers' resignations, Eric Trump said it "is actually pretty amazing considering the speech was actually very consistent and he has been very, very consistent with his plan."

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After two weeks of confusing comments about his immigration plan and a culminating speech confirming his hard-line positions on immigration, it's still not clear exactly how Donald Trump plans to deport undocumented immigrants from the United States.

During his speech in Phoenix Wednesday night, Trump indicated that he still plans to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the country, saying, "You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country."

And he focused on his plan to deport undocumented immigrants who had committed additional crimes in the U.S.

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After Donald Trump delivered his long-awaited immigration speech on Wednesday and confirmed his plan to deport all undocumented immigrants from the United States, several members of the Republican nominee's Hispanic Advisory Council called it quits.

At least four members of the board said that they will no longer support Trump, expressing disappointment that he did not soften his stance on deporting undocumented immigrants who have not committed additional crimes.

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At least two members of Donald Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council are sticking with the Republican nominee after his speech in Phoenix was chock-full of hardline rhetoric on immigration.

Pastor Alfonso Delgado told CNN on Thursday that he will not resign from the council because he wants to continue to work with Trump on his deportation policy, even though he acknowledged that Trump's positions are confusing.

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