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

Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET

In an attempt to compel Republican leadership to allow votes on gun control legislation, some Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday morning started a sit-in on the House floor.

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an influential member of the civil rights movement, kicked off the protest with a speech, and then Democrats sat down on the House floor.

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Although Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election to the Senate, a new Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday found Rubio leading both potential Democratic challengers in the race.

Rubio leads Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) 47-40 and leads Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) 48-40, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

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House Democrats on Tuesday night again caused a ruckus over gun control, calling for Republican leadership to allow a vote on a measure that would keep people on the no fly list from buying guns.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) asked the House to bring the amendment up for a vote, but Republicans ignored the Democrat's question and did not allow a vote on the measure, according to Roll Call.

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Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET

In a speech on the economy on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns and wondered out loud what he is trying to hide.

"You have to ask yourself, what's he afraid of?" she asked, musing that he may have avoided paying taxes. "Or maybe he isn't as rich as he claims."

Clinton's speech comes the day after new FEC filings showed Trump's campaign with a paltry amount of cash on hand for a major party presidential campaign and Trump being forced to loan his campaign $2 million to keep it afloat.

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Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by eight points in the key state of Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University swing state poll released on Tuesday.

In Florida, 47 percent of voters favored Clinton, while 39 percent favored Trump. This marks a major bump for Clinton since the Quinnipiac Florida poll released in May, when Clinton led Trump 43-42.

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During a Monday evening interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus described Donald Trump's decision to let go campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a positive move.

"This is a new direction for the campaign," Priebus said, noting that it shows Trump is shifting from a primary campaign to the general election. "This is sort of the professionalization that continues."

"I think it’s a good sign," he added.

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