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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

Donald Trump on Thursday night insisted on CNN that his recent comments about immigration reflect a "hardening" of his stance, but the Republican nominee refused to directly answer questions about his position on deportation.

"I don’t think it’s a softening," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when the host noted that Trump actually said there could be a "softening" of his policy on deportation. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”

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In between "Lock her up!" chants from the crowd, Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday afternoon, painting Hillary Clinton as lying, corrupt, and running the State Department as a criminal enterprise.

"Hillary Clinton’s actions constitute all of the elements of a major criminal enterprise," he told the crowd.

Trump has accused Clinton of criminality for weeks, in a series of unusually direct and unreserved attacks by a major party nominee. But Thursday's speech was a more comprehensive indictment that linked five separate lines of attack: Clinton's meeting with Clinton Foundation donors as secretary of state, her use of a private email server, her speeches to Wall Street, the Benghazi attack, and Trump's claims that the November election is rigged.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

"If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," he said on CNN. "You’re just going to have to do that, it’s too important. So both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, should show both their medical records and tax returns, absolutely."

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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night defended the Clinton Foundation and responded to Donald Trump's accusation that the foundation "sold access" to Clinton while she was secretary of state.

"What Trump has said is ridiculous," Clinton said during a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and to protect U.S. interests abroad.”

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After signaling over the past few days that he could soften his policy on immigration and deportation, Donald Trump on Wednesday night made it clear that he has yet to finalize his policy.

During the second installment of his Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity, Trump dodged questions about the specifics of his immigration policy and instead polled the audience on what he should do.

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In a new television ad, the Hillary Clinton campaign features an American shirt factory as it criticizes Donald Trump for outsourcing his clothing lines.

Robert Kidder, the owner of the New England Shirt Company in Massachusetts, which was founded in 1883, explains in the ad titled "Shirts" that Trump makes his clothes overseas.

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Eric Trump on Wednesday morning defended his father's decision not to release his tax returns, arguing that the documents would not reveal much and allow people to make "assumptions."

"You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things that they know nothing about," Eric Trump said on CNBC, describing what would happen if Donald Trump released his tax returns. "It would be foolish to do."

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The New York Times said on Tuesday that its Moscow Bureau was targeted by hackers but that the cyber attacks did not compromise the paper's system.

"We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in a statement. “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised.”

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