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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.

Articles by Caitlin

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson tied with Donald Trump to lead the Republican field among likely Iowa Republican caucus goers in a new poll released by Monmouth University on Monday.

Carson and Trump each received 23 percent of likely caucusgoers' support, according to the Monmouth University poll. Although the two candidates tied, Carson received an 81 percent approval rating from like Republican caucusgoers, while Trump earned a 52 percent favorable rating.

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The parents of journalist Alison Parker, who was killed with her colleague Adam Ward last week during a live broadcast in Virginia, have launched a campaign for better gun control legislation.

Andy Parker, Alison's father, made an impassioned plea on Sunday for additional restrictions on buying guns on CNN's "State of the Union." Parker said that he's been in touch with numerous gun control advocates about the issue.

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Kanye West told the audience at the Video Music Awards on Sunday night that he will be running for president in 2020.

After a lengthy speech accepting the Video Vanguard Award, West threw an unexpected twist at the audience.

"And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president," he announced.

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Donald Trump put on quite a show during a campaign speech in Greenville, South Carolina, on Thursday, where he read The New York Times from the podium and asked someone to join him on stage to inspect his hair.

Trump began by noting that he's "always on the front page of The New York Times now." He then put on reading glasses because "the print gets smaller and smaller and smaller as they lose more money."

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In the wake of the shooting deaths of two Virginia journalists, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday morning argued that the U.S. does not need stricter gun control laws to reduce the rate of gun deaths.

"It's just an awful tragedy," Christie said on "CBS This Morning" while responding to the murders. "My heart goes out to those folks who suffered that loss. It's a terrible thing. I think most Americans are tired — tired of violence, tired of lawlessness. They want folks to do something about it."

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The father of reporter Alison Parker, one of the two Virginia journalists shot and killed on Wednesday morning during a live newscast, called hours later for legislators to pass stricter gun control legislation.

During an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Andy Parker said that while he is still in a state of shock, "anger is starting to creep in" as he mourns his daughter.

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Fox's Jesse Watters joined "The Five" on Wednesday, where he compared Univision host to an "illegal alien" after the journalist was temporarily kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference in Iowa.

"I think Ramos acted like an illegal alien and got treated like one," Watters said. "He cut the line, was disruptive, and then was deported and then Trump let him back in. Isn’t that his policy?"

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