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 Thursday night again indicated that he has no plans to release his tax returns, saying that he won't be motivated to release them even if Hillary Clinton releases the transcripts of the speeches she gave at Wall Street banks.

During an interview on Fox News, Greta Van Susteren asked Trump if he would release his tax returns from years no longer under audit if Clinton releases her speech transcripts.

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In an interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that aired on Thursday, Donald Trump defended his comments from last year about a disabled reporter and said he would never mock a disabled person, citing his efforts to build handicap accessible buildings as evidence.

Asked about his comments on Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with a condition that limits mobility in his arms who now works for the New York Times, Trump said: "I spend millions of dollars making buildings good for people that are disabled, okay? Millions and millions of dollars. Do you think I’d ever do a thing like that?"

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The North Carolina Republican Party published a tweet on Wednesday criticizing vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for wearing a "Honduras flag pin" during his Democratic convention speech, calling it "shameful" that he would wear another country's flag without a pin representing America.

But there was one glaring problem with the North Carolina GOP's attack: Kaine was actually wearing a pin bearing the symbol for Blue Star Families, a group for families with members who serve in the military. Kaine's son Nathaniel Kaine serves in the Marines and was recently deployed to Eastern Europe.

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Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) wrote a letter to President Obama on Wednesday, asking him to keep Donald Trump from receiving classified intelligence briefings, citing the Republican nominee's Wednesday comments asking Russia to release Hillary Clinton's emails.

"It is my belief that these statements, when considered in the broader context of the Republican nominee’s prior conduct, warrant a re-examination of his access to this sensitive intelligence," Cicilline wrote in the letter. "These remarks reflect more than just a lack of good judgment—it is an explicit call for intervention from an adversarial foreign power to undermine the American democratic process, and represents an action just short of outright treason."

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In an interview on WGN radio that aired Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that Donald Trump will refine his policy views once he begins having access to better information as the nominee.

The senator made the comments when host Steve Cochran asked, "How concerned are you about his ability to do the job regardless of how you feel about Hillary?"

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night defended his comments from earlier this week that the slaves who helped build the White House were "well fed," lashing out against his critics.

During his show on Wednesday night, O'Reilly said that his comments on the slaves who helped build the White House were "100 percent accurate" and provided "context" to First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic convention. He said that it was "not a defense of slavery."

"For doing that, I was immediately attacked by smear merchants," he said. "It is a given that slavery is an abomination, but reporting the story behind Mrs. Obama’s very valid points does not diminish the horror of enslavement as these dishonest critics allege."

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During an unprecedented off-the-rails press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump fielded several questions about his business ties with Russia, but the candidate never answered the essential question — whether Russian business entities are invested in Trump or his projects.

He repeatedly said that he has "nothing to do with Russia," despite several different variations on the questions from the journalists present at the Trump resort in Doral, Florida.

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