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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The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday quickly denied a report in the New York Times that disgraced former Fox News executive Roger Ailes will advise the campaign and help Trump prepare for his debates with Hillary Clinton.

"He is not advising Mr. Trump or helping with debate prep. They are longtime friends, but he has no formal or informal role in the campaign," campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Hollywood Reporter.

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Walid Phares, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump, said on Tuesday morning that the Republican nominee now acts more like a president, claiming that Trump listens to his advisers.

Phares comment came as he was discussing Trump's Monday speech in which the GOP candidate said he would use "extreme vetting" to keep potential terrorists from entering the United States. "Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Phares if this was a change in policy for Trump or an evolution from his initial proposed ban on Muslims coming into the country.

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President Obama on Monday said that he does not need to make the case against Donald Trump because the Republican nominee does so himself every time he opens his mouth.

“Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent,” Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in Martha's Vineyard, referring to Trump, according to ABC News. “I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks, he makes the case against his own candidacy.”

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Joe Biden railed against Donald Trump in the vice president's first appearance with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, calling the Republican nominee "totally, thoroughly unqualified to be president."

The vice president first criticized Trump's "cynicism," noting that one of the candidate's favorite phrases is "You're fired." Biden said it's a bunch of "malarkey" that Trump cares about the middle class.

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CNN's Jake Tapper faced off with Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort on Sunday over the media's coverage of Donald Trump's campaign, telling Manafort that the campaign cannot blame the media for coverage of Trump's missteps.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Manafort said that Trump had a "substantive" week and complained that the media did not cover Trump's economic plan.

"There was a debate that could have been had there. Instead the media chose to take her, Clinton — the Clinton campaign narrative and go on attack on Donald Trump," he said.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday quizzed Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on his many attempts to explain away controversial comments made by Donald Trump.

"Are you the cleanup crew?" Wallace asked Pence after playing a video of an 11-year-old boy asking the Indiana governor if it is his role in the campaign is to soften Trump's statements.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of Donald Trump's early supporters in the Senate, was not pleased with the candidate's charge this week that President Obama "founded ISIS."

“This has been a very unusual election,” Corker told The Tennessean on Thursday. “And regardless of whether the candidate on my side of the aisle says things that I disagree with or not, if you ask me, I’m going to share my disagreement on certain things and my agreement on certain things. But to say that an elected official in our country founded a terrorist organization like ISIS is taking the facts that took place in 2011 and carrying that far too far.”

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