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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.

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After Donald Trump sued Jose Andres for pulling his forthcoming restaurant from the real estate mogul's new Washington, D.C. hotel, the famed chef slammed Trump in a Saturday statement.

"This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit," Andres said in a statement about the lawsuit on Saturday, according to Politico. "Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy. And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease."

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One person was shot and killed outside the Madison County courthouse in Canton, Miss. just before 9 a.m. on Monday morning, according to local news reports.

The shooter, who has not been identified, has surrendered to police, the Clarion-Ledger reported. The victim was identified by his family as Kendrick Brown, according to the Clarion Ledger. District attorney Michael Guest said that Brown was on the circuit court docket on Monday for drug-related charges, according to Jackson television station WAPT.

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When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement on Sunday, Donald Trump said that he felt that police actions toward black individuals constituted a "crisis," but that police need the "power" to fight "rampant" crime.

In discussing the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Trump, "Do you see this as a crisis in America?"

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Many Republican presidential candidates may be frustrated with the amount of attention given to Donald Trump's candidacy, but retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson seems relieved that the real estate mogul has been hogging the spotlight.

NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday asked Carson if Trump's recent success running as a political outsider has helped Carson, the other Republican candidate in the presidential race without previous political experience.

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CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson on Sunday quizzed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on his recent Holocaust reference, questioning why he felt bringing up the Nazis would help him make his point.

"I want to know, has there ever been a modern debate where an argument was won by using a Nazi analogy?" Dickerson asked, referencing Huckabee's recent remark that with the Iran deal, President Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven."

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Donald Trump filed a $10 million lawsuit on Friday against chef Jose Andres for a breach of contract after the restaurateur cancelled plans to open a restaurant in Trump's new hotel in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian reported.

Andres pulled out of the deal after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, calling them "rapists" and drug dealers.

"More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status," Andres said earlier in July while explaining why he would cancel plans for the restaurant.

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A federal judge in Danville, Va., on Friday ruled that the state is allowed to stop issuing license plates with Confederate flag symbols, according to the Danville Register and Bee.

After the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston sparked a national debate on Confederate symbolism, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) directed the state to begin the process of removing Confederate flags from state-issued license plates.

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After more than a year of campaigning against the 2014 AP U.S. History standards released by the College Board, retired history teacher Larry Krieger is finally satisfied with the company's revisions to the course framework, which he had deemed too negative.

"The overall presentation is more balanced and measured," Krieger told TPM on Friday, adding that he felt the College Board "did indeed listen to the criticism and have addressed most of the major areas of concern."

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Warren Buffett and his philanthropic foundation named for his wife, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, have given millions in donations to hospitals and family planning organizations to help fund research on contraception, specifically intrauterine devices or IUDs.

Though the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation largely keeps its donations anonymous, a Thursday report in Bloomberg Business revealed that the organization has funneled millions to fund better and more cost-effective methods of birth control.

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