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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

After Donald Trump spent the weekend attacking the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued statements that separated themselves from Trump's relentless remarks about the Khan family.

"Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services," McConnell said in a Sunday statement. "And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values."

In his statement, Ryan also reiterated his opposition to a Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

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After Donald Trump lashed out at the family of a deceased Muslim soldier over their speech at the Democratic convention, sparking backlash from the left and from his Republican supporters, vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement Sunday night describing Captain Humayun Khan as "an American hero."

"Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American," Pence said in the statement sent out by the Trump campaign. "Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror."

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ActBlue, a liberal nonprofit that offers fundraising tools for campaigns, said Friday that its servers and donor information were not impacted by the cyber attack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"ActBlue's systems, servers and donor information is, was and remains secure. We, as ActBlue were not hacked, we pride ourselves on our security protocols and want all of our donors and Express users to know that their information was not compromised," Erin Hill, the executive director of ActBlue said in a statement.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee confirmed on Friday that it was hacked.

"The DCCC takes this matter very seriously. With the assistance of leading experts we have taken and are continuing to take steps to enhance the security of our network in the face of these recent events," the group said in a statement, according to Reuters. "We are cooperating with the federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation."

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Fox News analyst Brit Hume was distracted by Hillary Clinton's "not so attractive voice" during her speech at the Democratic convention Thursday night.

He praised portions of Clinton's address, but he added that any attempt to make "herself more appealing to the audience might not have done as well."

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Donald Trump on Thursday night again indicated that he has no plans to release his tax returns, saying that he won't be motivated to release them even if Hillary Clinton releases the transcripts of the speeches she gave at Wall Street banks.

During an interview on Fox News, Greta Van Susteren asked Trump if he would release his tax returns from years no longer under audit if Clinton releases her speech transcripts.

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In an interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that aired on Thursday, Donald Trump defended his comments from last year about a disabled reporter and said he would never mock a disabled person, citing his efforts to build handicap accessible buildings as evidence.

Asked about his comments on Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with a condition that limits mobility in his arms who now works for the New York Times, Trump said: "I spend millions of dollars making buildings good for people that are disabled, okay? Millions and millions of dollars. Do you think I’d ever do a thing like that?"

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The North Carolina Republican Party published a tweet on Wednesday criticizing vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for wearing a "Honduras flag pin" during his Democratic convention speech, calling it "shameful" that he would wear another country's flag without a pin representing America.

But there was one glaring problem with the North Carolina GOP's attack: Kaine was actually wearing a pin bearing the symbol for Blue Star Families, a group for families with members who serve in the military. Kaine's son Nathaniel Kaine serves in the Marines and was recently deployed to Eastern Europe.

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