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

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by four points nationally in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton received 45 percent support among registered voters, and Trump received 41 percent support. Clinton's lead over Trump dipped slightly from the last Quinnipiac poll conducted in March, when she led the presumptive Republican presidential nominee by six points.

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In an interview published Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter, Donald Trump seemed unaware of the term "Brexit," which is a portmanteau of Britain and exit used to describe Great Britain leaving the European Union. The country is schedule to hold a referendum on leaving the EU June 23.

During a discussion on pockets of anti-immigrant beliefs in Europe, interviewer Michael Wolff asked Trump, "And Brexit? Your position?"

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The state media outlet in North Korea, DPRK Today, called Donald Trump a "wise politician" and welcomed the Republican presidential candidate's remark that he would be willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"There are many positive aspects to Trump’s 'inflammatory policies,'" Han Yong-mook, a self-described Chinese North Korean scholar, wrote in a Tuesday editorial, according to NK News. "Trump said he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North, isn’t this fortunate from North Korea’ perspective?"

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Tuesday for all public schools in the state to ignore new guidelines from the Obama administration on how to accommodate transgender students.

Patrick said that he plans on sending letters to all superintendents in the state urging them to disregard the letter from the Education and Justice departments.

It's not clear what power, if any, Patrick thinks he has over local school policies as lieutenant governor.

"Transgender students deserve the rights of anyone else. It does not mean they get to use the girls' room if they're a boy," he said during a press conference, according to the NBC News affiliate in Dallas.

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In announcing Tuesday that he had raised less for veterans groups than he had originally claimed, Donald Trump teed off on the the assembled political press, expresssed anger over the scrutiny, and at one point referred to a reporter as a "sleaze."

"What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze in my book — you're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well," said Trump.

ABC News' Tom Llama claimed credit as the target of Trump's ire:

During the Trump Tower press conference, Trump announced that he raised $5.6 million for veterans groups, down from the $6 million he originally said that he raised for veterans group at the January fundraiser he held in lieu of attending a Fox News debate. But since his initial claim, it's been unclear just how much Trump raised, how much he personally donated to veterans groups, and which groups received donations as a result of the fundraiser. Trump on Tuesday characterized the number as "almost $6 million."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seems unconcerned about Donald Trump's impact on vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in November, suggesting that Republicans line up behind Trump.

In an interview with USA Today published Monday evening, McConnell was asked whether Trump could hurt Republicans chances in some Senate races.

"I don’t," McConnell responded, adding that Trump's candidacy could help in some places.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the first lawmakers who endorsed Donald Trump, said in a recent interview that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) needs to back Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

"I think he needs to recognize, on some of these issues, Trump is where the Republicans are and if you’re going to be a Republican leader you should be supportive of that," Sessions said, referring to Ryan, on an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast published Tuesday morning.

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