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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

Donald Trump is pretty sure that attacks against him by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backfired on the two candidates, pushing them out of the running for the first Republican presidential debate.

During an interview with Breitbart on Tuesday, Trump reveled in the fact that neither Perry nor Graham made the cut for Fox News' Thursday night debate, but he did.

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An adviser to Donald Trump's campaign in Iowa has posted numerous memes and cartoons to Facebook suggesting that President Obama be compared to Nazis, as well as other posts degrading Muslims.

The Daily Beast on Tuesday highlighted memes posted to Facebook by Brad Nagel, an adviser to Trump's exploratory committee in Iowa. The posts were still up on Nagel's Facebook page when TPM viewed his profile Wednesday morning.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night tore into Fox News for the polls they used to decide which ten Republican presidential candidates will compete in the first debate on Thursday night.

"This is nuts. I can’t believe they did this," Maddow said. "I mean, I get that Fox News only wants to have 10 candidates on the stage. They know, and everybody knows, that arbitrarily setting this 10-candidate cutoff when you’ve got 17 people running is gonna have politically-fatal consequences for if not all, at least most of the candidates who make that top 10."

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After Gawker on Monday published Donald Trump's cell phone number, the presidential candidate embraced the trolling attempt and used his voicemail to deliver a campaign message.

On Tuesday, Trump published a tweet directing people to call the cell phone number provided by Gawker.

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After a Confederate monument in Rockville Md., was painted with the phrase, "Black Lives Matter," Montgomery County officials on Friday built a wooden box around the statue for protection until they can move it from the city, according to The Washington Post.

Officials have also erected a security light near the statue of the Confederate soldier, which was spray-painted a week before the wooden box was put in place.

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A school resource officer in Kentucky placed handcuffs on a third-grade boy with disabilities as he cried, according to a video released on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU released the video along with a lawsuit filed against the Kenton County Sheriff's Office in Covington, Ky., due to numerous incidents. The ACLU alleges that Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer, shackled an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old with their hands behind their backs. Both students have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the ACLU.

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The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a Saturday morning car fire at the construction site for a new Planned Parenthood clinic in New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle on fire inside the locked gate of the construction site and extinguished the blaze, according to the Times-Picayune. Nobody was injured in the fire, Melissa Flournoy, the director of Planned Parenthood Louisiana, told the Times-Picayune.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night took a hit at former President Bill Clinton while trying to attack Hillary Clinton's credibility.

While discussing threats to the United States at a candidate forum in New Hampshire, Graham said that Hillary Clinton is "the last person in the world you want to send into the arena with the Russians."

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After Donald Trump shared Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) cell phone number with supporters during a speech in South Carolina, Gawker on Monday attempted to exact some revenge by sharing The Donald's personal phone number with the Internet.

A call to the number by TPM was met with a busy signal, but Trump's aide sometimes answers his phone, according to Gawker.

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After Donald Trump sued Jose Andres for pulling his forthcoming restaurant from the real estate mogul's new Washington, D.C. hotel, the famed chef slammed Trump in a Saturday statement.

"This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit," Andres said in a statement about the lawsuit on Saturday, according to Politico. "Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy. And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease."

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