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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

President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine on Wednesday for an interview centered on the idea of "truth," which prompted the President to fiercely defend some of the most baseless and bizarre claims he has made both on the campaign trail and while serving in office.

Trump repeatedly insisted throughout the interview that he has great instincts and that his political predictions tend to come true, while brushing off questions about whether he knew there was any truth to his statements at the time he actually made them.

Below are the wildest moments from Trump's interview with Time.

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After House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday told the press that the intelligence community had "incidentally collected" information on President Donald Trump and his staff before inauguration, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for a select committee to take over the investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.

"No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly," McCain told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday evening said that he has seen evidence that is "more than circumstantial" of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.

"I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now," Schiff said on MSNBC after host Chuck Todd noted the congressman's comment on Sunday that there is "circumstantial evidence of collusion."

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Wednesday night said that he was making progress in negotiations with the White House and Republican House leadership on changes to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that would win over support from members of the caucus.

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Alice Ollstein contributed reporting.

Following a Wednesday meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House, members were blunt that the conversation did not change many minds.

"Nothing has changed," Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) told reporters after the meeting.

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A clothing and accessories boutique in San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Ivanka Trump's brand, alleging that the business has an unfair advantage over competitors now that President Donald Trump is in office.

Lawyers for the Modern Appeal Clothing alleged in the complaint, filed last week in Superior Court in California, that once Trump took office, competition between the boutique and Ivanka Trump's brand began to favor Ivanka Trump. It's similar to an unfair competition claim filed earlier this month by a bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C. Cork Wine Bar alleged in its suit that Trump International Hotel in D.C. has an unfair advantage over other restaurants in the District due to Trump's presidency.

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the committee needs to interview former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Warner's comment came the night before the Associated Press published an explosive report revealing Manafort worked for a Russian billionaire on a plan to advance Russian President Vladimir Putin's interests.

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee, on Wednesday morning said that issues in uniting the entire Republican caucus to behind the bill to repeal Obamacare stem from Republicans' failure to fully sell the legislation to voters.

Sessions made the comments on CNN when Chris Cuomo argued that President Donald Trump sometimes saying "things that aren't true" and Trump's unfamiliarity with policy is a "tough combo" as Republican leaders try to pitch the legislation to rank and file members of the House.

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During a speech at a Tuesday fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republican campaign arm, President Donald Trump disregarded the recommendation that he not lash out at judges.

"The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It's ridiculous. Somebody said I should not criticize judges. OK, I'll criticize judges," Trump said while discussing court orders blocking his travel ban.

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