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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday told the audience at an event held by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce in Kentucky that he would not discuss Donald Trump.

“If any of you are here are thinking I’m going to elaborate on the presidential debate, let me disabuse you of that notion,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “If you’re interested in anything else, please stay. If you’re interested in the presidential election, you might as well get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.”

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Mark Burnett, the executive producer of "The Apprentice" said on Monday that he does not have the legal authority to release unaired footage from the show due to requirements spelled out in contracts for the show.

Burnett also denied reports that he has threatened to sue any employees who leak footage from "The Apprentice."

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In a Monday phone call, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus assured RNC members that the party will continue to support Donald Trump's campaign despite the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women.

According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Priebus said on the call that the party has not changed its coordinated campaign efforts for the presidential race.

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After his comment during the Sunday debate that if he were president, Hillary Clinton would "be in jail," Donald Trump on Monday afternoon again brought up his plan to assign a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

As the crowd at his rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, chanted, "Locker her up," Trump said, "Special prosecutor, here we go, right?”

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Mike Pence on Monday morning applauded Donald Trump's comment during the Sunday night debate that if he is elected president, he will have a special prosecutor investigate Hillary Clinton and that she will "be in jail."

"I don’t know why — what the FBI was considering doing six months ago sounds like that to you or to any of your viewers," Pence said on MSNBC when asked about Trump's remark, adding that the FBI considered investigating the Clinton Foundation.

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Will there be more to come?

With hundreds of hours of TV airtime to his credit over more than three decades, Donald Trump is vulnerable to a drip, drip, drip of more revelations of crude and inappropriate behavior caught on camera, even if it falls short of the blockbuster Access Hollywood video unearthed last week.

The single greatest cache of Trump video may be from his years on The Apprentice, including video never before aired. Those outtakes are hard to come by because the show's executive producer, Mark Burnett, has locked them down and warned he'll sue anyone who leaks them.

But Burnett employed a transcription service for the show, and the transcripts sometimes included unaired material, including comments from Trump, the Huffington Post reported Monday.

A transcript from the taping of a 2010 episode of "The Apprentice" obtained by the Huffington Post shows Donald Trump criticizing a singer's skin in an unaired moment.

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The first poll taken since the release of a 2005 tape in which Donald Trump can be heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitals shows the Republican nominee taking a significant hit among voters nationally.

Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 14 points, 52-38, in a head-to-head matchup among likely voters, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday.

The poll was conducted on Saturday and Sunday, after the 2005 tape of Trump's vulgar comments about women was released, but before the Sunday night debate.

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Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by seven points, 51-44, in a head-to-head matchup among likely voters, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey tracking poll released on Monday morning. The poll was conducted both before and after the Friday release of a 2005 tape revealing vulgar comments Donald Trump made about women.

Clinton's lead jumped one point, after she led Trump by six points, 50-44, in last week's NBC/Survey Monkey tracking poll.

When third party candidates are added to the question, Clinton leads Trump by five points, 46-41, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 8 and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 points. In last week's poll, Clinton led Trump by six points, 46-40, in a four-way race.

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Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday morning criticized CNN's Anderson Cooper for calling what Donald Trump described in the 2005 video tape "sexual assault."

"When Anderson Cooper pressed Mr. Trump on sexual assault, Donald Trump shot back and said, ‘No, that’s not what this was. These are words.'" Conway said on "Fox and Friends." "And I think there’s something there because this term sexual assault has been bandied about, and I will tell you as somebody who’s worked with and certainly has in my life, as I’m sure we all do, victims of sexual assault, it demeans them to equate that with this for political purposes."

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The Donald Trump campaign tried to seat women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct in the Trump family box at the Sunday night debate before officials intervened, the Washington Post reported early Monday morning.

Officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates told the campaign that the women would be removed from the box if the campaign tried to seat them there, the Post reported. Before the debate, Trump held a press conference with three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, as well as one woman who was involved in a rape case in which Hillary Clinton defended the accused rapist.

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