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

During an interview with NBC's "Today" that aired Wednesday morning, President Obama said that it is worrisome that Donald Trump has put little effort into learning about certain issues.

NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked Obama if he was concerned about the prospect of Trump having the nuclear codes.

"What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know," Obama said in response.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a friend of Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday suggested that the former secretary of state would change her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, prompting the Clinton campaign to quickly push back against McAuliffe's claim.

"I worry that if we don’t do TPP, at some point China’s going to break the rules -- but Hillary understands this," McAuliffe told Politico. "Once the election’s over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy."

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After the first day of the Democratic convention was frequently interrupted by delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) protesting calls to unify behind Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator told his supporters Tuesday that their jeers would not stop a Donald Trump presidency.

During a breakfast meeting with California delegates, attendees booed when Sanders said that they need to elect Clinton and defeat Trump. The senator then told the crowd that their jeers aren't helpful.

"It is easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump," he said.

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Donald Trump on Monday night acknowledged that his stance on banning people from entering the United States is growing, now that he wants to keep out immigrants from countries where terrorism is prevalent.

"I think my position’s gotten bigger now. I’m talking about territories now," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity when asked if he's changed his position on a Muslim ban. "People don't want me to say Muslim. I guess I prefer not saying it, frankly, myself. So we're talking about territories."

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who will step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee following the convention, will no longer gavel in the convention on Monday, the Sun Sentinel reported.

By removing herself entirely from the convention's proceedings, Wasserman Schultz will avoid the potential for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to boo her off stage. Sanders supporters already hesitant to back Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee have become emboldened by the news that DNC officials mocked their campaign over email.

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Both CNN and ABC News have ended their contracts with Donna Brazile now that she plans to take over as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down from the role after the convention, Politico reported Sunday.

Brazile was a contributor for both networks while serving as the DNC's vice chair for civic engagement and voter participation.

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