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.

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While discussing his belief that Ben Carson's "pathological temper" from his youth is not curable, Donald Trump on Thursday compared Carson's temper to child molesting.

"You know, when he says he went after his mother and wanted to hit her in the head with a hammer, that bothers me. I mean, that's pretty bad," Trump said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," adding that Carson described his temper as "pathological" in his book.

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Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R) has launched an effort to stop a University of Missouri graduate student from studying the impacts of a state law mandating a 72-hour abortion waiting period passed last year.

He accused the university of breaking a state law that prohibits the use of state funds to "encourage or counsel a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life," the Columbia Tribune reported last week.

"The study does not appear to be designed as an objective, unbiased research project, but rather as a marketing aid for Planned Parenthood — one that is funded, in part or in whole, by taxpayer dollars," Schaefer wrote in an October 30 letter to the university's chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin.

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The Oregon Department of Justice has placed an investigator on paid leave after that individual searched for the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag while searching for potential threats, according to The Oregonian.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum confirmed to The Oregonian Thursday that the investigator had targeted Black Lives Matter supporters with an online search tool, including a senior attorney at the state Department of Justice. Rosenblum pledged an independent probe into the investigator's actions and the Criminal Justice Division's data collection process. She also ordered the department to stop using the search tool.

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Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman and transportation secretary under President Obama, does not believe the president followed through on his promise to push for bipartisanship.

"Bipartisanship is in his DNA. I’m proof of it," LaHood told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday. "But time and intervening circumstance didn’t allow him to do it in the way that he would have wanted to."

LaHood told the Times that he was quickly disappointed after joining the Obama administration when Democrats pushed for an economic stimulus package without much support from Republicans.

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Charles Koch on Wednesday said that he will likely refrain from openly backing a candidate in the Republican presidential primary, and will instead wait until the general election to throw his support behind the nominee.

"I have no plans to support anybody in the primary now," he told USA Today.

Koch said that he does not decide who to support based solely on what they say on the campaign trail.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night challenged Donald Trump over the Republican presidential candidate's support for the deportation model used by Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, noting that the former president's removal of immigrants at the time was "brutal."

O'Reilly first asked Trump if he knew what Eisenhower named the deportation program.

"I do but I don’t like the term. I wouldn’t use the term," Trump responded, alluding to the program's title, "Operation Wetback." O'Reilly said he was referring to another name for the deportation effort, "bracero."

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As part of an ongoing feud over Bill O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Reagan," the Fox News host told conservative commentator George Will that he is scrutinizing O'Reilly's book because he is "jealous."

Will, a Fox News contributor, wrote two columns in the Washington Post questioning O'Reilly's theory that the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan caused the former president's mental decline and his Alzheimer's disease. The first Washington Post column prompted O'Reilly to accuse Will of libel.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning explained that he will deport undocumented immigrants from the United States if elected president with a "deportation force" that removes people "humanely."

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Trump said that the U.S. has conducted mass deportations in the past while discussing his plan to boot all undocumented immigrants from the country.

"Look, we have to do what we have to do, and Ike did it and other people have done it," he said, alluding to Dwight Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" in the 1950s, a model Trump has cited before. The former president deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants and dropped them off in remote areas of Mexico without the means to travel home.

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Fox Business Network's Republican presidential debate on Tuesday drew 13.5 million viewers, close to the 14 million viewers who tuned in to the CNBC debate in October, according to Nielson Media Research.

The Tuesday night debate was also streamed online, and spokesperson for Fox Business Network also told CNN that the stream hit 1.4 million concurrent viewers, more than the 1.3 million who tuned in for NBC's Super Bowl livestream.

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