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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

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday morning dismissed reports that House Republicans are scrambling to distance themselves from Donald Trump and denied that Trump's candidacy will hurt Republican congressmen up for re-election.

During an interview on "Fox and Friends," Brian Kilmeade noted to McCarthy that some House Republicans have wavered in their support for Trump and asked if there is now a push to rally behind the GOP nominee.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is engaged in a tough re-election fight against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), said Monday that he is not concerned about climate change because "civilization thrives" in warm climates.

During an interview on Wisconsin radio station WHBY highlighted by the Huffington Post, the Republican senator said the climate was warmer during the "rise of civilizations in Mexico and Greece." He then pivoted to note that people enjoy living in places like Florida and Texas.

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During a Monday night interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper pressed Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer on Donald Trump's insistence that he is winning the race despite polls showing otherwise, pushing Spicer to explain Trump's claims about "phony polls."

Cooper began by noting that Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton in a new CNN poll. In response, Spicer said that Trump is performing well in key battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Nevada.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Monday launched a nightly show on Facebook live with updates from the campaign's headquarters in Trump Tower.

Trump's Facebook page billed the video update as "nightly campaign coverage." In Monday night's live video, Trump advisers Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims began by interviewing campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who assured Trump supporters that he will win the presidential election. The campaign will start streaming each night around 6:30 p.m. ET to air Trump's rallies live and offer commentary on the campaign.

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About a year after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into Exxon Mobil regarding the company's approach to climate change, the attorney general's subpoena has been published, confirming that the investigation centers on alleged financial fraud.

In the subpoena made public last week by Exxon, Schneiderman's office cites a few New York laws governing fraud and securities, including the Martin Act, as ClimateWire noted. The Martin Act gives the attorney general considerable power to investigate and fight fraud.

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Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) pulled his endorsement of Donald Trump in early October over the 2005 tape revealing the GOP nominee's vulgar comments about women, but just two weeks later the Republican senator now says he will vote for Trump after all.

"The choice we still have today and the choice we will have is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” Crapo told conservative radio host Neal Larson on Friday, according to the Idaho State Journal. "In that context, I have to tell you, though I thought and felt we needed a different choice, that’s not what we’re going to get, and we cannot elect Hillary Clinton for many reasons. ... Given that choice, I will vote for the Republican ticket: Trump and (vice presidential nominee Mike) Pence."

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After President Obama on Sunday called out Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for touting a bill signed by Obama in a "shameless" campaign mailer, the Republican congressman responded by railing against the President's "serious scandals."

"I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home," Issa said in a statement obtained by CNN. "You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to hold Washington accountable. I’ve worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, and called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it, and will continue to do so."

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During a rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Saturday vulnerable Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) tied himself to Donald Trump and defended his decision to continue to support the embattled Republican nominee.

"There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump. As a matter fact, there's an ad on TV saying I'm too cozy to him," Burr said at a rally for the Gaston County GOP, according to tracking video from the liberal group American Bridge.

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