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

Ken Starr, the recently ousted president of Baylor, appeared to concede in an on-camera interview that he had seen a former student's email alleging she had been raped, before a Republican public relations expert interrupted him mid-answer and asked the local television station not to include that portion in its segment.

The interview with Waco's KWTX was shot Wednesday and began getting national media attention Friday morning.

Starr announced Wednesday that he would resign as chancellor of the school, after he had been demoted from his position as president due to the way school officials failed to address several claims of sexual assault made against members of the football team.

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At the end of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, on Thursday night, protesters began throwing eggs and punches at Trump supporters leaving the event, according to several news reports.

Video captured by an NBC News reporter showed a crowd of protesters yelling insults and throwing food at a Trump supporter leaving the event.

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Donald Trump on Thursday ramped up criticism of the judge presiding over fraud cases against Trump University, declaring that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an absolute conflict" in the case because of his "Mexican heritage."

"I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest," Trump told the Wall Street Journal, noting his policy proposals on immigration and Curiel's background.

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At the Republican National Committee, it's either get on board with Donald Trump or get out.

For the RNC's newly hired head of Hispanic media relations, Helen Aguirre Ferré, that means contending with the awkwardness of negative tweets about Trump she personally posted back when she was an adviser to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign.

No worries. Just hit delete!

Ferré has deleted several tweets from as recently as May criticizing Trump and his lack of popularity with Hispanic voters.

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The State Department conceded Wednesday that an archived video of a 2013 press briefing about the negotiations surrounding the Iran nuclear deal was intentionally deleted from the department's website.

State Department spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that the video segment was deleted at the direction of an unknown individual after initially saying that the video disappeared as the result of a technical glitch.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) on Wednesday laid blame for Donald Trump's rise in the Republican party on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

During an interview with Politico, Reid said that McConnell and Trump are "cuddled up together" and explained that he plans to tie Senate Republicans to Trump throughout the election.

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The Republican National Committee official in charge of Hispanic media relations is leaving the committee and has reportedly said that she is not comfortable working for Donald Trump, according to the New York Times.

Ruth Guerra told the Times that she is leaving the RNC for a position with a super PAC, the American Action Network, but she would not offer her opinion of Trump.

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During a speech on the economy in Indiana on Wednesday, President Obama tore into Donald Trump and the Republicans' plans to fix the American economy.

The President criticized Trump calls to deport undocumented immigrants and promises of better trade deals.

“That will not help us win,” Obama said. “That is not going to make your lives better. That will help people like him.”

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