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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 an interview with CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday night, Donald Trump said that a "certain segment" of the Muslim population are a "problem."

Lemon mentioned a Trump's failure to correct a man at a New Hampshire town hall who said that President Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are a "problem in this country." The real estate mogul said that if he would not have handled the situation any differently.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said on Wednesday that even though the Senate passed a temporary funding bill that includes funds for Planned Parenthood, lawmakers should still work to defund the organization. He said that the government should instead help clinics that provide "legitimate care."

"I think it’s worth continuing to fight to defund. Taxpayer dollars should not be going to Planned Parenthood," he told Fox host Neil Cavuto. "I think our legislation makes a lot of sense. It says, not only do you not send taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, but those tax dollars instead go to community health centers — there are a lot more of them than Planned Parenthood clinics; eight times more in the state of Ohio for instance — and they can provide the women’s health needs that are legitimate, that are needed."

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A new poll released by Winthrop University in South Carolina shows that many residents in the state changed their minds about whether the Confederate flag should fly on the state capitol grounds after the deadly shooting at a Charleston church in June.

In the poll released on Wednesday, 66 percent of South Carolina residents said the state legislature made the right decision to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds. And 41 percent of South Carolina residents said they approved of the flag flying at the statehouse grounds before this summer, while 49 percent said they disapproved before this summer.

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The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol grounds after a court ordered the state to remove the 6-foot-tall, 2,400-pound granite monument, according to the Tulsa World.

The state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services will work with the builder who installed the monument to remove it from the grounds, John Estus, a spokesman for the office, told the Tulsa World. Estus also said that he will speak with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has concerns about individuals or groups interfering with the removal or tampering with the monument," he told the Tulsa World.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced on Wednesday that the House will hold elections for the next speaker on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Boehner said that he scheduled the election for next week after consulting his colleagues in the House. Boehner announced last week that he will resign from his leadership position and from his seat on Oct. 30.

Read his full statement:

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the leader of the House's special investigation into the Benghazi attacks, to run for majority leader in a secret meeting on Tuesday, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Numerous House members, including House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) encouraged Gowdy to run for the No. 2 leadership spot this week. Boehner reached out to Gowdy after hearing that he was considering a bid, according to Politico.

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After sitting through a lengthy hearing in the House on Tuesday about Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds, the organization's president, Cecile Richards lambasted the way Republicans' ran the hearing during a Tuesday night interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

"This whole hearing — I’m being generous calling it a hearing — I think the whole purpose of this hearing was to convince themselves that it was OK to deny women the ability to go to the health care provider of their choice, because 2.7 million women and men choose Planned Parenthood, and they were trying to say they wanted to take that choice away from them," Richards told Maddow.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tore into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday during an interview on Brian Kilmeade's Fox News radio show, arguing that Cruz's attacks on his colleagues make him an ineffective legislator.

Kilmeade asked Paul if he felt Cruz was snubbed when his fellow Republican senators denied him a roll call vote Monday night on a measure that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The Senate instead advanced a temporary funding resolution that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Donald Trump returned to Fox News on Tuesday night after a brief boycott of the network, where host Bill O'Reilly needled the real estate mogul throughout the entire interview for complaining that Fox has been unfair to him.

O'Reilly asked Trump a series of questions, and quizzed Trump on whether they were fair questions to pose.

"Am I fair to say that in order for you to win the Republican nomination that you’re going to have to change your style and be a bit kinder and more mature? Is that a fair question?" O'Reilly asked.

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After House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) quizzed Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about her salary during a Tuesday hearing, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) took the congressman to task over his line of questioning.

"I first would like to register my opposition and my objection to the chairman beating up on a woman, on our witness today, for making a good salary," Maloney said during the hearing.

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