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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Two women have been banned from Tinder after they used the dating app to urge others to support Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential bid, Reuters reported on Friday.

Tinder locked the two womens' accounts after getting several complaints with men who received messages urging them to support Sanders.

"Do you feel the bern?" Robyn Gedrich wrote in Tinder messages, according to Buzzfeed News. "Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks."

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Ben Carson on Thursday continued to hit Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign for spreading rumors during the Iowa caucuses that Carson was dropping out of the race, calling on the Texas senator to punish staffers in a fundraising email on Thursday evening.

"I call on Senator Cruz to take decisive action at a senior level within his campaign or I fear this culture of destructive behavior will only continue," Carson wrote in the fundraising email, according to The Hill.

Carson's email followed reports that members of Cruz's campaign left two voicemails with Iowa precinct captains telling them to use reports that Carson was suspending his campaign to persuade caucusgoers to vote for Cruz. Both voicemails were left after the Carson campaign had clarified that he was not suspending his campaign after the Iowa caucuses, according to Breitbart.

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Donald Trump's comfortable lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary was diminished slightly over the course of the week, though he still leads the race by 19 percentage points, according to a University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

Trump earned 34 percent support among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, down 4 percentage points since the first UMass tracking poll released on Monday.

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The gap between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire has narrowed over the course of the week, though Sanders still holds a comfortable lead in the key early state, according to the University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

In the Friday poll, Sanders earned 55 percent support and Clinton earned 40 percent support among likely Democratic voters in the state. Since the UMass tracking poll released on Thursday, Clinton jumped 4 percentage points while Sanders dropped 3 percentage points.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday joked about his mother's disciplinary style during a campaign event in New Hampshire.

He said that former First Lady Barbara Bush is "not as great as everybody thinks she is," according to Politico.

"I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child-abuse hotline available," Bush told the crowd, according to Politico.

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday slammed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign for disseminating reports that Ben Carson was planning to drop out of the race during the Iowa caucuses.

"Cruz did some questionable things," Branstad told Radio Iowa. "This thing that they distributed on caucus night saying that Dr. Carson was likely to drop out and his supporters should support Cruz, that is, I think, unethical and unfair and I think there’ll be repercussions to that."

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Updated at 2:47 p.m.

The Des Moines Register editorial board on Thursday called on the Iowa Democratic Party to conduct an audit of its caucuses, declaring in a headline, "Something smells in the Democratic Party."

The board wrote that now that questions have been raised about chaos at precincts and coin flips used to determine the winner in some locations, they can’t stomach "the whiff of impropriety or error." The paper wrote:

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday joined the criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) following reports that the Cruz campaign told Iowa caucusgoers that Carson was dropping out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon just had plans for a quick trip to Florida for a fresh set of clothes.

"Obviously we’ve all seen the reports of the rumors that he spread about Ben Carson, and we know those weren’t accurate. And I thought it was unfair to Ben," Rubio said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday criticized President Obama's speech at a mosque, citing it as an example of Obama's tendency to pit Americans "against each other."

The President on Wednesday visited a mosque in Maryland, where he told Muslim-Americans that they are an important part of American society and condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans that has no place in our country."

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