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 2:36 p.m.

Donald Trump has said he will make make a special announcement with a special guest during a rally in Iowa on Tuesday evening, fueling speculation that former vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might endorse him, Politico reported.

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Donald Trump told a Washington Post reporter that he would sue the paper if the Post chose to run a story about the real estate mogul's casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that went bankrupt in 1991.

The Washington Post reported that even though he had criticized high-interest loans called junk bonds and said his reputation as a businessman would win him low interest rates, Trump ended up using junk bonds to raise the $675 million needed to finish building the Taj Mahal casino. The real estate mogul eventually defaulted on those loan payments and the casino filed for bankruptcy, according to the Post.

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The Republican National Committee announced on Monday that it had officially ended its partnership with NBC News for a February Republican presidential debate after suspending its relationship with the network in October.

"The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in the February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25 in Houston at a location to be decided," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "The RNC is ensuring the partnership with Telemundo and conservative partners National Review and Salem Communications will continue as planned."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday night said that he does not regret saying that former President Bill Clinton's past behavior was "totally disgraceful and unacceptable," but noted that he did not bring up the issue himself and that he will continue to debate Hillary Clinton on the issues.

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, moderator Andrea Mitchell asked Sanders if he regretted his response about Bill Clinton's behavior during a town hall earlier in the month.

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During the Sunday Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Republican politicians who do not take climate change seriously, calling out Donald Trump for his theory that the concept of global warming was created by the Chinese.

"It is amazing to me, and I think we'll have agreement on this up here, that we have a major party called the Republican Party that is so owned by the fossil fuel industry, and their campaign contributions, that they don't even have the courage, the decency to listen to the scientists," Sanders said. "It is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a president of the United States, somebody like Trump who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese."

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When asked how his plans for regulating Wall Street would differ from those proposed by Hillary Clinton during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) took a shot at the former secretary of state's income from speaking fees.

"Well, the first difference is I don't take money from big banks. I don't get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs," Sanders said in response, before launching into his plans for regulating Wall Street.

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton reiterated her attacks on Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) gun control record, going after him for voting against numerous gun control bills as a member of Congress.

"I have made it clear, based on Sen. Sanders own record that he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times," Clinton said Sunday night.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Thursday said that President Obama is the most "racially divisive" president of the United States since those who supported slavery.

"There probably has not been a more racially divisive, economic divisive president in the White House since we had presidents who supported slavery," Brooks said on Alabama radio show "The Dale Jackson Show," according to audio posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Ten people were evaluated for possible lead exposure in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Friday after cafeteria employees reported feeling sick, NBC Washington reported.

Eight people were taken to local hospitals with minor symptoms, D.C. fire department spokesman Tim Wilson told the Washington Post.

U.S. Capitol Police, emergency responders arrived at the cafeteria around 10:45 a.m., according to NBC. And a Capitol Police Hazmat team began investigating the cafeteria.

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