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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

After Donald Trump called out an NBC reporter by name at a rally on Wednesday, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has avoided addressing the issue directly in interviews, refusing to talk about the situation Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

At an event in Miami, Trump complained that the media does not cover the size of the crowds at his rallies, singling out NBC's Katy Tur.

"Katy, you’re not reporting it, Katy,” Trump said. “But there’s something happening, Katy. There’s something happening, Katy!”

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Wednesday said that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, Congress will still continue its investigations regarding her email use.

"Either way, I think the investigations are going to continue," Cornyn told Newsmax radio host Joe Pagliarulo when asked if Congress would keep up its investigations into Clinton if she wins or loses.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has largely avoided weighing in on Donald Trump's candidacy, especially over the past few months, but the senator on Wednesday night urged Kentucky residents to vote for the Republican nominee.

At a rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, McConnell told the crowd that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America," according to the Associated Press.

"If America votes like Kentucky, we'll be fine," he added.

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The Pennsylvania state police raided the offices of a group that helps Democrats with voter registration efforts, searching for evidence of voter-registration fraud, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

Investigators sought a warrant last week to search a FieldWorks LLC office in Delaware County in suburban Philadelphia for documents, financial information, and a list of employees, according to documents reviewed by the Inquirer.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said on Tuesday that on the first day of open enrollment for Obamacare, the call center for the state exchange was targeted by robocalls aimed at jamming the lines.

"Somebody’s trying to jam the call center, and making robocalls to try to snafu the thing — which is deplorable,” Dayton told the Star Tribune. “They’ve identified that culprit, and are acting … to exclude them from the system.”

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The Hillary Clinton campaign cancelled a Wednesday event in Iowa with Bill Clinton and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine in light of the news that two police officers in the state were shot to death overnight.

"Due to the tragic shooting of Des Moines and Urbandale police officers last night, the Des Moines Get Out the Vote event with Tim Kaine, President Bill Clinton, and Ben Harper at the Des Moines Social Club has been canceled," the campaign said in an email.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) urged FBI Director James Comey to disclose publicly if he finds a "smoking gun" in the newly discovered batch of emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Ryan's comments came in response to a question from conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked whether Comey should publicize a "smoking gun" if he finds one.

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Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), still will not say whether he will vote for Donald Trump, but said Tuesday that Trump is qualified to be president.

Heck pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 tape on which Trump can be heard boasting about grabbing and kissing women without permission. Even as some Republican lawmakers who reversed their Trump endorsements have now said they will vote for the Republican nominee, Heck has still declined to reveal who he will vote for on Election day.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday said that they are not refusing to pay pollster Tony Fabrizio for his services, but that the campaign is questioning the size of payment owed to the pollster's firm.

“We are making sure that Mr. Trump is paying the correct amount,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Washington Post. “The vendor in question is still very much part of the team.”

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During a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, President Obama asked male voters to examine why it is they may not support Hillary Clinton, suggesting that sexism keeps some voters from backing Clinton.

"You know there’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before and I think sometimes we’re kind of trying to get over the hump," he said. "And we have to ask ourselves as men — because I hope my daughters are going to be able to achieve anything they want to achieve. And I know that my wife is not just my equal but my superior."

"I want every man out there who’s voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself. If you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is you know that we’re not just used to it?" Obama asked the crowd.

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