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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After faking a gay sex scandal to cover up an affair, Michigan state Rep. Todd Courser (R) resigned and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R) was expelled from the Michigan House early Friday morning.

Courser's alleged extramarital affair with Gamrat was exposed by the Detroit News in August after Courser reportedly asked one of his aides to leak that Courser was spotted with a male prostitute. Courser later claimed that he faked the gay sex scandal to expose blackmailers.

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CNN on Thursday night announced the lineup for the upcoming Republican presidential debate, cementing Carly Fiorina's spot in the prime-time debate.

Following criticism over its rules for inclusion in the main debate, CNN announced earlier in September that those candidates who saw a surge in the polls after the first debate have a shot at making the main stage.

The main debate at 8 p.m. ET will include 11 candidates: Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and Carly Fiorina.

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As calls for the Democratic National Committee to hold more than six Democratic primary debates escalated this week, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said that she would not change the party's policies.

"We’re not changing the process," she said at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday, according to The Hill.

The DNC in August scheduled just six Democratic debates and has barred Democratic candidates from participating in debates not sanctioned by the DNC if they wish to speak at the official debates. Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday that those rules would not change.

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Donald Trump insulted his Republican rival Carly Fiorina's physical appearance during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine published on Wednesday.

The real estate mogul was watching the news and providing his own play-by-play aboard his private jet. After mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Fiorina appeared on the television, prompting Trump to remark, "Look at that face!" Per Rolling Stone:

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As numerous Republican presidential contenders have managed to take clear positions on issues like birthright citizenship and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has often given unclear responses or simpy refused to answer certain questions.

As The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff has noted, Walker has a tendency to begin some answers with words like "yeah" or "absolutely" without actually meaning "yes." But while that has contributed to some of his more confusing answers, he has also explicitly dodged questions and declined to answer "hypotheticals."

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