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

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) issued an apology on Tuesday night after he hesitated to say he would drop his endorsement of Donald Trump if the Republican nominee told him he liked sexually assaulting women.

During an interview on MSNBC, Chris Hayes pressed Farenthold on what it would take for him to ditch Trump after the congressman defended Trump from the 2005 tape in which the real estate mogul could be heard boasting about grabbing women's genitals.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night continued his war on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and members of the Republican establishment, explaining that when he said that the "shackles have been taken off me" in a Tuesday tweet, he was referring to Ryan and other Republican lawmakers.

When Fox News' Bill O'Reilly first asked Trump what he meant by his "shackles" tweet, Trump launched into a tirade about Ryan.

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A Democratic candidate for state senate in New York who says he's been targeted with anti-Semitic ads on social media told TPM on Tuesday that he suspects senate Republicans are behind them.

The ad cites an editorial that ran in Newsday headlined "Don’t fiddle with New York’s property-tax cap" and includes an image of Adam Haber's face photoshopped onto the body of a character in "Fiddler on the Roof." Haber said that the ads have been spotted on Facebook and Instagram, and his campaign provided TPM with a screenshot.

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A new television ad from the Donald Trump campaign shows clips of Hillary Clinton coughing and falling as she was leaving a 9/11 memorial ceremony, charging that the Democratic nominee lacks the "fortitude" and "stamina" to be president.

The 30-second spot titled "dangerous" begins with an announcer saying, "Our next president faces daunting challenges in a dangerous world." The narrator then lists foreign threats to the United States, like the Islamic State and North Korea.

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Buckle up because the Donald Trump you've been seeing is apparently the restrained, toned-down version.

After publishing tweets Tuesday lashing out at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for announcing that he'll no longer campaign with Donald Trump, the Republican nominee followed up with a tweet saying he's glad "the shackles have been taken off me."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning continued to lash out at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), setting himself up to blame a loss in November on a lack of support from Ryan and other members of the GOP establishment.

Following the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women, Ryan said he would no longer campaign with Trump, but he stopped short of pulling his endorsement. And Trump has latched onto those comments, rallying his base to support him over Ryan.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, Trump warned that the speaker's lack of support could hurt the GOP nominee's chances in November.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday told the audience at an event held by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce in Kentucky that he would not discuss Donald Trump.

“If any of you are here are thinking I’m going to elaborate on the presidential debate, let me disabuse you of that notion,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “If you’re interested in anything else, please stay. If you’re interested in the presidential election, you might as well get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.”

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Mark Burnett, the executive producer of "The Apprentice" said on Monday that he does not have the legal authority to release unaired footage from the show due to requirements spelled out in contracts for the show.

Burnett also denied reports that he has threatened to sue any employees who leak footage from "The Apprentice."

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In a Monday phone call, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus assured RNC members that the party will continue to support Donald Trump's campaign despite the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women.

According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Priebus said on the call that the party has not changed its coordinated campaign efforts for the presidential race.

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