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 Tuesday continued to suggest that he may pull back slightly from his calls to deport all undocumented immigrants from the United States, saying that there could be a "softening" of his mass deportation plan.

"There could certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity when asked during a town hall whether he might change laws to allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. "We want people — we have some great people in this country. We have some great, great people in this country but we’re going to follow the laws of this country and what people don’t realize — we have very, very strong laws."

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Russian hackers have targeted New York Times reporters and journalists at other outlets, in addition to Democratic campaign groups, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

The FBI is investigating cyber attacks on the journalists and suspects that the attacks were carried out by Russian hackers, according to CNN.

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Vice President Joe Biden attempted to put the United States' NATO allies at ease Tuesday during a trip to Latvia, telling Baltic leaders to pay no attention to Donald Trump's July comments suggesting he would not automatically defend NATO members.

"I want to make it absolutely clear to all the people in Baltic states: we have pledged our sacred honor, the United States of America ... to the NATO treaty and Article Five," Biden said, according to Reuters.

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Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Monday night that the campaign cancelled an immigration speech planned for Thursday in Colorado because the Republican nominee is still fine-tuning his immigration policy.

"It’s for a very simple reason, that’s been on the schedule for a while, we inherited it,” Conway told Fox News' Megyn Kelly when asked why the speech was cancelled. “Immigration is a very complex issue and to get the solutions right, to come out with your specific plan, should not be rushed. He is taking in the wisdom of many different counselors on this issue."

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During a series of interviews Monday evening, Donald Trump appeared to reverse his mass deportation policy, saying that he will do the "same thing" as President Obama regarding deportation but "perhaps with a lot more energy."

He told the Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he plans on following existing immigration law and focusing deportation efforts on "the bad ones." His comments Monday evening appear to be a reversal from harsher comments he made earlier in the campaign season. Reports over the weekend indicated that Trump would soften his stance on immigration, and the Republican nominee cancelled an immigration speech planned for Thursday. But on Monday morning, Trump had insisted he was "not flip-flopping" on immigration.

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Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, on Friday suggested that Paul Manafort left the Trump campaign due to recent reports on his ties to Ukraine, citing comments Eric Trump made earlier in the day.

"I think Eric said it very clearly, his father does not want the distraction or potential distraction of more stories coming about Paul Manafort and any relationships or ties he has with things taking place overseas," Lewandowski, said when asked about Manafort leaving his role as campaign chair.

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With help from a viewer, an obviously delighted Rachel Maddow discovered on Thursday that Donald Trump's doctor exaggerated his credentials in the signature of his letter about the Republican nominee's health.

Harold Bornstein is the gastroenterologist who declared Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." He was once a fellow at the American College of Gastroenterologists, and signed his letter vouching for Trump's good health using an abbreviation still defining him as a fellow at the association.

But Bornstein's membership with the group lapsed in 1995, Maddow learned.

When asked by MSNBC about using the title in his signature without maintaining membership, Bornstein said that the title "has no value" but that he will continue to use it.

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Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Friday morning that Trump made the decision himself to express regret on Thursday evening over some of his comments that have caused "personal pain."

"He was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said, and that’s all him. He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen. So that was a decision he made, those were his words," Conway told ABC's David Muir. "And I hope everybody who has criticized him at some point, David, for being insensitive or for mocking someone, at least show some recognition and some forgiveness."

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While defending the conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health pushed by the Donald Trump campaign recently, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson on Thursday claimed that Clinton suffers from dysphasia, a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to speak and understand language.

Pierson first noted that Trump himself has "said that she doesn’t have the strength or the stamina for a very long time." Trump on Monday said that Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face."

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