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

As Donald Trump's supporters defended the candidate following his repeated attacks on the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier, one Trump surrogate went as far as saying that Trump sacrificed two of his marriages to create jobs.

Khizr Khan, the father of the Muslim soldier, said in his speech at the Democratic convention last week that Trump had "sacrificed nothing." And Trump hit back over the weekend, saying that he's "made a lot of sacrifices," like creating jobs.

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Valeriy Chaly, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, said Monday that Donald Trump's recent comments about Russia and Ukraine are worrisome.

Chaly told CNN that he was "surprised" by Trump's remarks and "concerned" that the Republican presidential candidate does not have all the facts.

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Donald Trump campaign Chair Paul Manafort denied Sunday a two-week-old report that the campaign pushed for changes in the Republican platform that softened the party's stance on helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" by host Chuck Todd about his involvement in changing the platform regarding Ukraine, Manafort said: "I had none. In fact, I didn’t even hear about it until after our convention was over."

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After Donald Trump appeared to forget that Russia invaded the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014 during an interview aired on Sunday, he attempted damage control on Monday morning, insisting that he was talking about preventing future Russian aggression in the region.

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After Donald Trump spent the weekend attacking the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued statements that separated themselves from Trump's relentless remarks about the Khan family.

"Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services," McConnell said in a Sunday statement. "And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values."

In his statement, Ryan also reiterated his opposition to a Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

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After Donald Trump lashed out at the family of a deceased Muslim soldier over their speech at the Democratic convention, sparking backlash from the left and from his Republican supporters, vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement Sunday night describing Captain Humayun Khan as "an American hero."

"Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American," Pence said in the statement sent out by the Trump campaign. "Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror."

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ActBlue, a liberal nonprofit that offers fundraising tools for campaigns, said Friday that its servers and donor information were not impacted by the cyber attack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"ActBlue's systems, servers and donor information is, was and remains secure. We, as ActBlue were not hacked, we pride ourselves on our security protocols and want all of our donors and Express users to know that their information was not compromised," Erin Hill, the executive director of ActBlue said in a statement.

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