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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While trying to explain how he defied his father's expectations, Donald Trump on Monday morning said that his life has not been "easy," adding that his father gave him a "small" million dollar loan when Trump decided to start building in Manhattan.

During a town hall with NBC's "Today," an attendee asked Trump if he's ever been told "no."

"My whole life really has been a ‘no.’ And I fought through it," he responded.

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Iowa Republicans appreciate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's more controversial comments, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released on Friday. The poll found Carson leading Trump by nine points among likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers.

According to the survey of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, 81 percent approved of Carson's comment that Obamacare is the "worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery;" 77 percent said they liked his statement that Hitler's rise could have been stopped if German citizens had had guns; and 73 percent liked his concerns about a Muslim becoming president.

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Conservative radio host Erick Erickson lamented on Thursday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi's hearing with Hillary Clinton was useless.

"The hearings are a waste of time because everything about it is politicized and nothing is going to happen. There will be no scalp collection," Erickson wrote in a blog post. "In fact, it is clear from today’s hearing that Trey Gowdy and Peter Roskam seem to be the only two people on the committee of either party who are capable of asking exacting, precise questions. Most of the rest of the committee just wants to grandstand for the folks back home as either prosecutors of or defenders of Hillary Clinton."

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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee ended his long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee announced his decision on Friday morning at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

"As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace," Chafee said at the beginning of his speech.

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When asked on Thursday about his campaign's request for Secret Service protection, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he is in danger because progressives see him as an "existential threat."

During a radio interview on WABC, host Rita Cosby noted that the Carson campaign had requested a Secret Service detail and asked Carson about the threats he has received.

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, struggled on Thursday night to explain what new information the panel received from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony.

During a press conference after the 11-hour hearing with Clinton, a reporter asked Gowdy what new information he gathered.

"Uhh--" Gowdy said, pausing before launching into his response.

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