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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Ben Carson leads Donald Trump by four points in a new national CBS News/New York Times poll released on Tuesday morning, suggesting that Carson could dislodge Trump as the Republican frontrunner.

Among Republican primary voters, Carson received 26 percent of support while Trump received 22 percent support. The rest of the Republican candidates polled in the single digits: 8 percent of GOP primary voters supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), 7 percent supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and 7 percent supported Carly Fiorina.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) again praised his brother's actions following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, describing President George W. Bush's leadership as "awe-inspiring."

"The case study of leadership is how George responded to 9/11, period, over and out," Jeb Bush told the audience at a Houston event for donors to Bush's campaign, according to The Hill. "And the idea that a candidate could think that they could make political hay to create a new … narrative on the reality on how he led is a joke."

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Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, on Saturday confirmed that they will turn their New Jersey farm into a sanctuary for abused and neglected animals.

The Stewarts will set up their farm as a branch of Farm Sanctuary, a group that works to end inhumane farming practices that has branches in New York and California. Tracey Stewart announced the plans during a Farm Sanctuary gala on Saturday night.

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While trying to explain how he defied his father's expectations, Donald Trump on Monday morning said that his life has not been "easy," adding that his father gave him a "small" million dollar loan when Trump decided to start building in Manhattan.

During a town hall with NBC's "Today," an attendee asked Trump if he's ever been told "no."

"My whole life really has been a ‘no.’ And I fought through it," he responded.

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Iowa Republicans appreciate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's more controversial comments, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released on Friday. The poll found Carson leading Trump by nine points among likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers.

According to the survey of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, 81 percent approved of Carson's comment that Obamacare is the "worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery;" 77 percent said they liked his statement that Hitler's rise could have been stopped if German citizens had had guns; and 73 percent liked his concerns about a Muslim becoming president.

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Conservative radio host Erick Erickson lamented on Thursday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi's hearing with Hillary Clinton was useless.

"The hearings are a waste of time because everything about it is politicized and nothing is going to happen. There will be no scalp collection," Erickson wrote in a blog post. "In fact, it is clear from today’s hearing that Trey Gowdy and Peter Roskam seem to be the only two people on the committee of either party who are capable of asking exacting, precise questions. Most of the rest of the committee just wants to grandstand for the folks back home as either prosecutors of or defenders of Hillary Clinton."

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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee ended his long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee announced his decision on Friday morning at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

"As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace," Chafee said at the beginning of his speech.

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