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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Breitbart News on Monday quickly deleted a post mocking an editor who resigned from the conservative media outlet over the way it reacted to reporter Michelle Fields' account that she was grabbed on the arm by Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Joel Pollak, a Breitbart editor-at-large and in-house counsel, said that he wrote the post mocking Shapiro and apologized for the post on Monday.

"The article was written by me as part of an effort to make light of a significant company event, and was published as a result of a misunderstanding without going through the normal editorial channels," Pollak said in a statement. "I apologize to Michelle Fields, my friend Ben Shapiro, and to everyone concerned."

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Michelle Fields, the reporter who alleged that Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm at a press conference last week, resigned from Breitbart News on Sunday, Buzzfeed News reported early Monday morning.

"Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a Sunday night statement to BuzzFeed News. "I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”

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During a Sunday night CNN town hall, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for inciting and encouraging violence at his campaign rallies.

Sanders addressed accusations from Trump that the Vermont senator's supporters has sparked chaos at his rallies with protests.

"I hesitate to say this because I really don't like to disparage public officials, but Donald Trump is a pathological liar," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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Buzzfeed News reported that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will endorse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday afternoon, citing two anonymous sources with knowledge of Lee's plans.

Politico also reported that Lee will endorse Cruz in Florida on Thursday.

Lee would be the first senator to endorse Cruz's presidential bid. The Utah senator has been closely aligned with Cruz and helped him orchestrate the 2013 federal government shutdown.

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During a Thursday morning radio interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) candidly explained that Senate Republicans would take a different approach to a Supreme Court nominee if a Republican president were in office and replacing a conservative justice.

Johnson was asked on Wisconsin radio show "Morning Mess" about Senate Republicans' refusal to consider President Obama's forthcoming nomination to the Supreme Court. The host hypothesized that things would be different if Mitt Romney were in the White House.

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The hosts of "Morning Joe" ended a Thursday morning interview with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) when he repeatedly declined to answer questions about Donald Trump's comment Wednesday night that "Islam hates us."

"You’re a friend of Donald Trump. Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims — Islam hates America, that Islam hates us? Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?" co-host Joe Scarborough asked Scott.

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Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, used his opening remarks at a committee meeting on Thursday morning to criticize the committee's chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), for not allowing the Democrats to participate in the discussion over whether to consider President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.

"I know you to be a man who embodies the best traditions and courtesies of this body. That is why I was so disappointed two weeks ago when the Majority Leader announced that the ‘Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended’ that the next Supreme Court nominee will not receive any consideration this year," Leahy said in his written remarks.

It was Leahy's first chance to castigate committee Republicans in person and in public since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month.

"This is our first business meeting to consider anything since the untimely passing of Justice Scalia. Our Committee has not had the opportunity to discuss how to proceed, and we certainly have not recommended or decided anything unanimously," he continued.

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During an MSNBC town hall on Wednesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted that he's not proud of launching personal attacks on Donald Trump, mocking the candidate's hair and hands, prompting Trump to discuss his manhood at a debate.

When asked by an audience member how he can justify attacks on Trump as a Christian, Rubio said that he does not regret criticizing Trump's policy views and business record, but said he would not launch personal attacks again.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday night defended his proposal that the United States legally accept immigrants based on their skill level when asked during an MSNBC town hall whether his policies would have admitted his own parents into the country in the 1950s.

During the town hall moderated by MSNBC's Chuck Todd, an audience member asked Rubio, "If you were to institute your merit-based immigration policy, wouldn't you be shutting out people like your parents?"

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Donald Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night that he thinks that "Islam hates" the United States, and the Republican presidential candidate did not offer a clear contrast between Islam and "radical Islam" when asked.

Cooper asked Trump if he believes "Islam is at war with the West."

"I think Islam hates us," Trump responded. "There’s a tremendous hatred there, there’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."

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