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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

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) would not say on Tuesday whether he believes the U.S. should accept more Syrian refugees as Europe is increasingly overwhelmed by people fleeing the nation's bloody conflict.

"I'm not president today and I can't be president today," Walker said when asked by ABC News about how he would address the refugee crisis. "Everybody wants to talk about hypotheticals; there is no such thing as a hypothetical."

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Donald Trump said on Tuesday night that he never backed Planned Parenthood, despite statements he made in August suggesting that he would not push to defund the organization.

During an interview on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly asked Trump why he supports Planned Parenthood and does not want to cut off federal funding for the group.

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After Kentucky clerk Kim Davis walked onto the stage at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) rally on Tuesday to "Eye of the Tiger," the band Survivor lambasted her for using the song without permission.

"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger,'" the band wrote on its official Facebook page on Tuesday. "I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said on Tuesday that while she believes Donald Trump's positions on immigration should disqualify him from becoming president, she supports his call to raise taxes on the wealthy.

"There are a lot of places where he gets out and talks about important things," Warren said of Trump on ABC's "The View." "Like Donald Trump and I both agree that there ought to be more taxation of the billionaires, the people who are making their money on Wall Street."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has fiercely defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, will visit her in jail on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"It is important to Sen. Cruz that Kim Davis and all Americans understand his commitment to defending their first amendment rights to religious liberty. The First Amendment is foundational to all other freedoms we enjoy and it is tragic that in America today, our own citizens would have to worry about being targeted or arrested for merely living out their religious convictions," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the Journal. "Sen. Cruz will continue doing everything in his power to defend Kim Davis and ensure that no other Americans are further targeted for their religious beliefs."

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Donald Trump believes that because he attended a military high school, he has an understanding of what it is like to be in the military, despite deferring the Vietnam War draft for medical reasons.

"My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number. Anyway so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people," Trump told Michael D’Antonio, the author of the forthcoming book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success," according to a preview in the New York Times.

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), who represents a district along the southern border, on Tuesday threw cold water on Donald Trump's proposal to build a huge wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"You can’t build a wall from sea to shining sea. It just doesn’t work. It’s the most expensive way to do border security, and it’s the least effective," Hurd said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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