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

Despite orders from President Obama and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to lower flags to half staff in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, one county official in Alabama refused.

Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said that the shooting was not a "valid circumstance" according to the U.S. Flag Code. The code requires flags to fly at half staff on Memorial Day and after the death of a government official, and also allows the President to add more rules regarding the flag.

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Donald Trump did not pay any income tax, or paid very little income tax, in 1991 and 1993, according to documents obtained by Politico and published Friday.

The documents showed that Trump did not pay taxes due to losses on properties he owned, not due to any illegal activity.

"Welcome to the real estate business," Trump told Politico in an emailed response to the documents.

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Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) on Friday announced that he will no longer seek a seat in the Senate and will instead run for re-election to the House, potentially clearing a path for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to run again for his Senate seat.

"I have unfinished business. We have unfinished business together," Jolly wrote in a Facebook post announcing his decision. "Today I'm asking you for the opportunity to keep doing my job. I ask for your support in seeking reelection to the House of Representatives."

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control this week, said on Thursday that there might be enough votes in the Senate to pass a measure barring people on terror watch lists from purchasing a firearm.

"We may have 60 votes to pass the measure that makes sure that people who are on the terror watch list cannot buy guns,” he said on CNN. ”That is a non-controversial issue in the American public.”

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Former President George W. Bush is helping a handful of vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in November, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), according to a New York Times report.

Bush has headlined fundraisers for McCain and Ayotte in the past few weeks and plans on helping Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as well, the New York Times reported.

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In a video address to supporters on Thursday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pledged to help Democrats defeat Donald Trump, but he did not drop out of the race or offer an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

"The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly. And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time," Sanders said, according to Politico's transcript of the speech.

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Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday said that he will not endorse Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

"I’m going to stay in my lane," he told Michigan radio program "WHTC Morning News." "There’s a lot of things that folks are not happy about with either of these two candidates. We’re running our own race, and don’t look for me to endorse anyone in this race, probably the rest of the year."

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who is engaged in a tough re-election fight this year, on Thursday said that Trump is "too bigoted and racist" for the state of Illinois.

"I do not support Hillary Clinton, and I told the public that I did not support Donald Trump, either. I think he’s too bigoted and racist for the Land of Lincoln," Kirk said when asked by John Howell of Chicago radio station WLS-AM 890 whether he could support Clinton, according to a clip uploaded by Buzzfeed News.

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