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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

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night bashed his fellow Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who did not correct a man who said President Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the U.S.

"Barack Obama is a talented man -- and by the way he's an American, he's a Christian -- his problem isn't the fact that he was born here or what his faith is," Bush said in a Michigan speech, according to the Washington Post. "His problem is that he's a progressive liberal who tears down anybody that disagrees with him."

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After he was criticized for failing to correct a town hall audience member who said that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American, Donald Trump on Saturday morning defended himself, arguing that it was not necessary to address statements made about the President.

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Hillary Clinton on Friday blasted Donald Trump for failing to correct an audience member at a Thursday town hall who said that President Obama is a Muslim and not American.

"I was appalled, and as you may know, quickly put out a tweet expressing the great disappointment with that kind of rhetoric and calling on him, and anybody else who is seeking the highest office of the land, to start behaving like a president, to show respect and to stand up for the truth," Clinton said when asked about Trump's town hall, referencing a tweet she published Thursday night.

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The Michigan lawmakers who were recently ousted from the Michigan legislature after they tried to cover up an affair have both announced that they will run for their seats again.

Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R), who was expelled from the legislature last week, filed on Thursday to run in the special election for her seat.

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A leader at the Heartland Institute, a conservative group on skepticism of climate change, on Thursday compared Pope Francis' focus on the environment to elements of paganism present in Christianity in the Middle Ages.

Gene Koprowski, the director of marketing at the group, spoke at a press conference announcing the Heartland Institute's plan to join a coalition "challenging the pope’s views on global warming and the nature of capitalism."

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced on Thursday that he will boycott Pope Francis' address to Congress since the pontiff may discuss climate change during the speech.

Gosar, a Catholic, said he would prefer that the pope address the "persecution of Christians" and religious freedom, rather than focus on the environment.

"Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of the world’s great religious advocates and address the current intolerance of religious freedom," Gosar wrote in an op-ed in TownHall. "Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change -- a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis."

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Hillary Clinton defended her support of Planned Parenthood on Thursday evening after being asked to respond to Carly Fiorina's comments during the Republican debate about the sting videos targeting the group.

During the Wednesday debate Fiorina blasted Clinton for standing by Planned Parenthood and criticized the clinic's work with fetal tissue, describing a scene she claims she saw in the sting videos released by an anti-abortion group. Fiorina said she saw "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain." No such scene takes place in the videos, according to those who have watched the entire set of available videos.

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Actress Emily Blunt apologized on Thursday for a joke bashing the first Republican presidential debate after she received some flack for the diss.

"It was so not the intention to hurt anybody or cause any offense, so I really apologize to those that I caused offense," Blunt said on NBC's "Today." "It was just an offhand joke. I think I'll probably leave the political jokes to late night or something."

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Donald Trump on Thursday night did not correct a supporter who declared that President Obama is a Muslim and not American during a question about "training camps" for Muslims at a town hall event in New Hampshire.

"We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," the man began. "We know our current president is one."

"Right," Trump said as he was listening to the first part of the question.

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