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 said he was willing to try American citizens in military courts at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

"Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all," Trump told the Miami Herald when asked if he would want the military tribunals at Guantanamo to try U.S. citizens. "I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine."

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When asked on Thursday morning which presidential nominee poses a bigger threat to the United States security, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said that Hillary Clinton poses a bigger threat than Donald Trump, citing the former secretary of state's foreign policy record.

"I’ve said Hillary Clinton is completely, permanently unacceptable. We have seen her in office. We have seen what she did. In addition to jeopardizing classified intimation that jeopardizes our security, we’ve seen the decisions that she has made, whether it’s in Libya, whether it is the incredibly failed Russian reset, whether it is, you know, lying to the families of the men who were killed at Benghazi," he said on the Philadelphia radio station WPTH's "Chris Stigall Show."

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Khizr Khan on Wednesday called on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to retract his support for Donald Trump after the Republican relentlessly attacked Khan and his wife after their appearance at the Democratic convention.

"I implore Sen. McCain … I continue to implore all of the good Republicans who either support or are going to vote for their party’s candidate, this will be a historic moment in the Republican Party," Khan told Cronkite News.

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning refused to acknowledge whether his relentless attacks on a Gold Star family were a "mistake," but he also avoided launching into a full defense of his comments.

"You’ll have to define what a 'mistake' means. We’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about economics," Trump said on CNBC when asked if his attacks on the Khan family were a "mistake."

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said on Wednesday that he's excited to support Donald Trump's bid for the presidency because he thinks the GOP nominee will bring "change," even if that change isn't "good."

"I’m more excited to vote for Trump than I was to vote for Romney-Ryan," Massie told 55KRC Ohio radio's Brian Thomas, according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News. "I think you’re more likely to get change. I don’t know if it’s gonna be a good change, but you gotta break eggs to make an omelette."

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A Republican state representative in Ohio said that the Donald Trump campaign withdrew an offer for him to sit in the seating area for lawmakers at a Wednesday town hall with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence over a tweet he published about voters disapproving of Trump.

State Rep. Niraj Antani (R) told Politico that he was invited to the event, but that when he arrived at the town hall, he was told to sit in the general admission section.

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During a rant about the Middle East at a Wednesday night rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Donald Trump called President Obama the "founder of ISIS."

“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama,” Trump said. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

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Since Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest that "Second Amendment people" could take out Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, his campaign staffers and surrogates came out with conflicting explanations for the remark.

Trump staffers riffed on two basic interpretations: the campaign first said that Trump meant to call on gun rights advocates to exercise their political power and keep Clinton out of office in November, and a campaign spokeswoman later said Trump had been referencing the gun lobby's ability to persuade senators not to confirm pro-gun control Supreme Court nominees.

And even as those staffers argued Trump was making a serious point about mobilizing to keep Clinton from winning the presidency, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested that the comment was just a "bad" joke.

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