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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Donald Trump on Friday morning weighed in on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that while the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage should be followed, clerks who object should be able to opt out.

"The decision came down from the Supreme Court," Trump said when asked about Davis on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "So I’m a believer in both sides of the picture."

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Jeb Bush on Thursday said that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis "is sworn to uphold the law," and that there should be a way for people to stay true to their beliefs while still allowing same-sex couples to get married.

"It seems to me that there ought to be common ground, there ought to be a big enough space for her to act on her conscience, and for now that the law is the law of the land, for a gay couple to be married in whatever jurisdiction that is," Bush told reporters after a town hall event in New Hampshire, according to Buzzfeed News. "I’m a little confused about why that can’t be done."

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As Kentucky clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Republican presidential candidates have split on whether Davis should have to comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Davis has said she's defying the law "on God's authority."

All of the candidates who have weighed in have expressed opposition to gay marriage, but while some have defended Davis, others have called on her to follow the law.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly brought on Jorge Ramos on Wednesday night, where the two got into a heated debate over Ramos' role as an anchor at Spanish language television network Univision.

After the two discussed their disagreements over building a wall at the southern border and undocumented immigrants, O'Reilly challenged Ramos over his reporting style. The Univision anchor recently got kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference temporarily for asking the candidate a question without first being called on.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite numerous court orders.

"I don't think anybody should have to choose between following their conscience, their religious beliefs and giving up their job or facing financial sanctions," he told the Huffington Post when asked if Davis should resign. "We are seeing government today discriminate against whether it's clerks, florists, musicians or others. I think that's wrong. I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) stood behind Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday, arguing that she is right to question what law forces her to recognize same-sex marriage.

"Kim is asking the perfect question: 'Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?' That simple question is giving many in Congress a civics lesson that they never got in grade school," Huckabee said in a Wednesday statement, according to Right Wing Watch.

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Carly Fiorina on Tuesday dismissed recent calls by her fellow Republican presidential candidates for walls at both the southern and northern borders of the United States.

During an interview on Tuesday, radio host Michael Medved asked Fiorina about Walker's suggestion that a wall at the U.S.-Canada border is a "legitimate issue," which he has since walked back.

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For those exhausted by analysis of Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls, the Washington Post has taken a delightful deep dive into the presidential candidate's attempt to cheat his way to a top-notch golf game.

The Washington Post spoke with numerous golfers who have played with Trump and either witnessed him cheat or caught wind of the real estate mogul's reputation as a cheater.

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