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

Donald Trump and Pope Francis don't have much in common, but this year the two tied as Americans' second most admired men in the world.

In a Gallup poll released on Monday, Americans named President Obama the most admired man in the world for the eighth time -- he received 17 percent of Americans' votes. Trump and Pope Francis tied for second place with 5 percent of the votes each.

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When asked if he agreed with Bernie Sanders' comment that Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail in July, would have been treated differently had she been white, Dr. Ben Carson on Sunday lamented that Americans tend to focus too much on race.

Carson said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he thinks the U.S. should look at whether blacks are treated differently by the police, but added, "There is no question that we need to be looking at those sorts of things, but we also have a tendency to inject race into everything anytime that there are people of different races involved in a conflict."

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Donald Trump tore into the Virginia Republican party in a Twitter rant on Sunday, criticizing the state GOP's decision to require residents voting in the Republican primary to sign a statement signaling their loyalty to the Republican party.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Sunday that he believes he could appeal to working-class Donald Trump supporters who are angry about the country's economy.

During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," host John Dickerson asked Sanders to explain his belief that he could win over Trump backers.

"Many of Trump's supporters are working-class people and they're angry, and they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages, they're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they're angry because they can't afford to send their kids to college, so they can't retire with dignity," Sanders said.

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Stephen Colbert says that Donald Trump plays his old character on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" better than he did.

"I'm not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he's my old character with $10 billion," he said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired on Sunday. "You know, he’s completely playing on an emotional level, and so beautifully. I mean, that’s one of the reasons why I just can’t do that old character anymore, because he’s doing it better than I ever could because he’s willing to drink his own Kool-Aid. And manufacture and distribute it."

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Donald Trump on Sunday morning bashed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, following reports that the congressman will soon endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump criticized Gowdy's performance at an October hearing with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during an appearance on "Fox and Friends."

"His hearings were a disaster. Everybody was looking forward to something that was going to be really productive. And he didn't win with those hearings. It was a total not-good for Republicans and for the country," Trump said, according to Business Insider.

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A Connecticut journalist who resigned last week in protest of The Bristol Press publisher's use of a plagiarized article will receive an award from the son of investigative journalist I.F. Stone.

Steve Collins (pictured above) resigned from The Bristol Press on Thursday after the paper's publisher, Michael Schroeder, was accused of plagiarizing and using a fake name to publish an article that criticized a Nevada judge's rulings against Sheldon Adelson. Schroeder is the manager of the company that recently purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Adelson is now the main investor in the Nevada paper.

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South Carolina could spend millions to preserve and display the Confederate battle flag removed from the state house grounds in July, the Charlotte Observer reported this week.

The Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission on Tuesday voted to spent $3.6 million on the flag display, down from the $5.6 million the commission has previously proposed, according to the Charlotte Observer. Under the plan, the museum would open a new room to display the flag, along with the names of all Confederate soldiers from South Carolina killed in the Civil War.

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Local police and officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are investigating a fire at a Houston mosque on Christmas Day that caused significant damage to the building.

Nobody was injured in the Friday fire at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, officials told Houston television station KTRK. About 80 firefighters battled the blaze at the mosque, according to KTRK.

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