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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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote in a Monday column that although he believes Donald Trump's positions on immigration are inexcusable, he thinks Trump has the best economic policy ideas in the GOP presidential field.

Krugman argued that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) should be attacking Trump's racist comments rather than going after Trump's remarks on taxes:

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Following conservative outrage over President Obama's decision to revert the name of Mt. McKinley back to the mountain's native Alaskan name of Denali, liberal group CREDO Action has launched a petition to change the name of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The petition targets House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who opposed Obama's move to change Denali's name and also pushed for Congress to change the name of Washington National Airport outside of Washington, D.C., to bear former President Ronald Reagan's name.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed former Vice President Dick Cheney on his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the Bush administration's approach in the Middle East may have led Iran to obtain more centrifuges.

Cheney told Wallace that with the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, "the only winners are Iranians."

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John Oliver took a quick break from his vacation from "Last Week Tonight" to help prepare students for the upcoming school year.

He gave quick lessons on history, biology and chemistry, and told students which characters die at the end of a few books, including "The Great Gatsby" and "Death of a Salesman." Oliver also urged viewers to learn about former President Warren G. Harding's salacious love life.

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A judge in Marion County, Oregon, is under investigation after he reportedly refused to perform same-sex marriages when it was legalized in the state.

The state Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, which is conducting the ethics investigation, will not comment on the probe into Judge Vance Day's actions, leaving it unclear exactly why Day is being investigated.

But numerous local news outlets reported on Thursday that the investigation is related to Day's decision not to marry same-sex couples.

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The recall election for the three Jefferson County school board members who pushed for changes to the AP U.S. History curriculum will be placed on the general November ballot, the county clerk announced on Thursday.

Critics of the school board majority submitted recall petitions in July. Board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk have been criticized by parents and students for an attempt to make sure the AP U.S. History course emphasized "positive aspects of the United States and its heritage." The plan was nixed after students staged walk-outs protesting the proposed changes. Parents are also concerned about the board's stance on school choice and teacher turnover in the Colorado district.

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After conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt stumped Donald Trump with questions about the Iran Revolutionary Guard's special Quds Force, Laura Ingraham rushed to the real estate mogul's defense by attacking Hewitt's tactics.

Trump confused the Quds force with the Kurdish ethnic group in the Middle East, and was also unable to answer Hewitt's questions about the leaders of world terror organizations. Trump whined about the host's "gotcha" questions, and called Hewitt a "third-rate radio announcer" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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A Louisiana police officer was fired on Wednesday after a photo of him giving a Nazi salute at a rally in North Carolina surfaced on Facebook, according to Acadiana news station KATC.

The Lake Arthur council on Wednesday voted unanimously to fire Raymond Mott, who is pictured on the far left wearing what appears to be KKK insignias. During the council meeting, Mott, a police officer with the Lake Arthur force, said that his firing was unfair and that the photograph was taken out of context.

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Both the lawyer representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her husband said on Friday that despite being jailed for repeatedly refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, Davis will not resign and will remain in jail.

On Friday morning, Joe Davis (pictured above), Kim's husband, held a sign outside the Rowan County Courthouse that read, "Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah."

"She won't resign, I promise you," he said, according to The Courier-Journal. "Until something gives, she'll be there."

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