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

MSNBC host Tamron Hall on Tuesday quizzed Donald Trump on his decision to repeat a supporter's use of the word "pussy" and whether he would change his demeanor later in the race.

Trump told Hall that he used the word because he doesn't want to be too "politically correct."

"I guess I want to know what you see as presidential," Hall then told Trump. She then referenced conservative outrage over images of President Obama with his feet up in the White House.

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Cliven Bundy may travel to Portland, Oregon, to protest the arrest of his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy.

"I've been invited to go," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday. "I haven't committed myself at all."

Nevada state assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) has confirmed plans to protest the arrests in Oregon. Fiore has previously voiced her support for the Bundy family and has been in touch with the occupiers. She also pushed the idea that LaVoy Finicum, the occupier who died in a shootout with police, was being cooperative with law enforcement when he was shot.

Fiore told Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday that she plans on offering her support for Nevada resident Ryan Bundy.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday played a word association game on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," choosing one word to describe some of his competitors in the presidential race.

Trump called Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "confused." He then paused when asked about Sen. Cruz (R-TX), a rival Trump has only recently begun to criticize.

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Donald Trump maintained his solid lead in a national online tracking poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey released on Tuesday, despite a small dip in support, while Sen. Marco Rubio saw a small bump in support.

Trump earned 35 percent support from Republican and Republican-leaning voters, a 4-point drop from 39 percent in last week's tracking poll. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) earned 20 percent support, which has not changed since last week's poll.

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Hillary Clinton maintained a solid lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a national online tracking poll released by NBC News/Survey Monkey on Tuesday.

Clinton earned 51 percent support from Democrats and Democratic leaning voters, while Sanders earned 39 percent support, giving Clinton a 12-point lead. Clinton gained a percentage point from the tracking poll released last week, and Sanders' support remained the same.

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Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., lamented on Monday that his opinion is "discredited" as a billionaire's son.

"Now, listen, in this country I’m the son of a billionaire, I can’t even have an opinion anymore," he said on Breitbart News Daily, according to audio published by Buzzfeed News. "I could be Albert Einstein and they would discredit me as a horrible scientist. It doesn’t matter."

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Former President Bill Clinton began his remarks at a rally for Hillary Clinton on Monday by lamenting that he has to watch his words more now that he's campaigning for his wife.

"The hotter this election gets, the more I wish I were just a former president and just for a few months not the spouse of the next one because, you know, I have to be careful what I say," he said at the rally in New Hampshire.

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Ammon Bundy, the leader of the occupation at an federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, released a new statement from jail through his lawyers on Monday.

In the statement recorded on Saturday and published on YouTube by his lawyers on Monday, Bundy called on state lawmakers to visit their constituents in prison and protect their rights to free speech from the federal government.

"This is a call to action for any elected representative in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, the State of Washington, and Ohio. You have constituents in federal custody. Please visit and contact them to voice your support for free speech, the right to assemble, and civil disobedience," Bundy said in the statement. "It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state," he continued in his statement to state officials.

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