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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

During his speech on the final night of the Republican convention, Trump offered a dark description of violence and crime in the United States, arguing that crime rates have increased under President Obama.

"Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement," Trump said.

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Billionaire tech mogul Peter Thiel got a rousing ovation when he declared he is gay during his speech at the Republican convention Thursday night even as he dismissed the debate over transgender bathroom use.

"When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won," said Thiel, the founder of PayPal. "Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?"

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Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chair, suggested on Thursday night that after the FBI did not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, the agency's crime statistics cannot be trusted.

CNN's Jake Tapper noted in an interview with Manafort that much of the Republican convention has focused on violent crime but that "according to FBI statistics, crime rates have been going down for decades."

"How can the Republicans make the argument that somehow it's more dangerous today when the facts don't back that up?" he asked.

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