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.

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Late update 6:01 p.m.: The City of Baltimore has terminated its contract with Allen, the New York Daily News reported.

“None of the historical facts and alleged facts recently publicized about Mr. Allen’s political views and affiliations were disclosed or discussed when his contract was agreed to,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office said in a statement. “The Law Department does not as a general practice question it’s [sic] hired or contract attorneys about their political views."

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A lawyer recently hired by the city of Baltimore to defend police in a wrongful murder conviction suit has ties to a neo-Nazi group, according to an investigation from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published on Wednesday.

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During a Thursday morning panel discussion on CNN, contributor S.E. Cupp shut down a Donald Trump adviser for claiming that the campaign is reaching out to women voters, telling the adviser that she is living in a "fantasy land."

While discussing the recent Trump campaign staff shake-up, Cupp noted that the campaign still doesn't seem to be reaching out to women and minorities.

"There's no outreach anymore. It's as if he's given up on them. And I just wonder if there are enough old male guy— old white guys in the country to elect him. I don't think so," she said.

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Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway said Thursday morning that she still wants Trump to be himself, but that the campaign plans on having the nominee focus more on substance.

"I think we're going to sharpen the message. And we're going to make sure Donald Trump is comfortable about being in his own skin, that he doesn't lose that authenticity that you simply can't buy and a pollster can't give you. Voters know if you're comfortable in your own skin. Let him be him in this sense," Conway said on CNN's "New Day" when asked how she will run the Trump campaign differently.

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During a campaign rally in Ohio on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton took a jab at Donald Trump's tumultuous campaign, alluding to his campaign shake-up announced Wednesday morning.

"He can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign, they can make him read new words from a teleprompter, but he is still the same man who insults Gold Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals," Clinton said. "There is no new Donald Trump. This is it."

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Donald Trump said Wednesday he was wary of relying on the U.S. intelligence community because he does not trust them and believes they've made "bad decisions."

During an interview with Fox News, Trump was asked about his upcoming intelligence briefing and whether he does "trust intelligence."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Tuesday night called out Donald Trump for pushing fringe conservative theories that Clinton is in poor health.

"Facing withering criticism from national media outlets, state editorial boards and even some Republican allies over his refusal to release his tax returns, Donald Trump is once again peddling deranged conspiracy theories in a desperate attempt to change the subject – this time with absurd and debunked claims about Hillary Clinton’s health," the campaign said in a statement.

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The Donald Trump campaign will finally start airing general election ads on Friday, as Hillary Clinton has already spent $61 million on general election television advertising.

Trump campaign staff told several members of Congress on a Tuesday conference call that the campaign would start airing television ads in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, the Wall Street Journal reported. Trump staff reportedly said that the campaign will begin airing even more ads in September.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night delivered a speech in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he attempted to reach out to black voters by describing Hillary Clinton as a bigot and calling for "law and order."

Trump claimed that Clinton is indebted to the "special interests" and painted himself as the voice of the people.

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