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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NASA announced this week that it will share news on Thursday from the Kepler Space Telescope project hinting that NASA may have found an earth-like planet.

"The first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered in 1995. Exoplanets, especially small Earth-size worlds, belonged within the realm of science fiction just 21 years ago. Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years -- another Earth," a NASA press release about the Thursday news conference reads.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday hinted that he may run as a third-party candidate if he continues to be treated poorly by the Republican National Committee.

"The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy," he told The Hill in an interview published Thursday morning. "The RNC has been, I think, very foolish."

Trump said he would continue to monitor the race and how the Republican party acts toward him.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night sat down with former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for an interview on same-sex marriage, which led to a heated debate over the Supreme Court's recent ruling that gay couples have the right to marry.

Santorum told Maddow that the Supreme Court "is not a superior branch of government" and argued that Congress can still pass a law regarding same-sex marriage.

Yet Maddow insisted that Congress could only pass a constitutional amendment that directly contradicts a Supreme Court ruling. Santorum disagreed and said that all three branches of government can determine what is constitutional.

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Hillary Clinton's performance against three Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado dropped over the past few months, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on Wednesday.

In Iowa, Clinton trails Rubio by eight points, Bush by six points, and Walker by eight points among voters in the state. And 56 percent of Iowa voters viewed Clinton unfavorably.

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After Donald Trump recited fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) phone number in front of a crowd in South Carolina, Graham's cell phone has been flooded with calls. But the senator seems to be taking the incident in stride.

Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe spotted Graham at a movie theater in Washington, D.C. on his way to see "Minions" with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and her children. Graham said that he has been answering many of the calls that come in, many of which have been positive, according to the Washington Post.

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President Obama joined Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" on Tuesday for one last appearance before Stewart leaves the show in August.

The two spoke at length about the Iran nuclear deal and Obama's achievements while in office, and Stewart was able to work in a reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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In a National Review Online piece published on Monday, conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson tried to make the point that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is currently running to be the Democratic presidential nominee, is actually a national socialist.

Throughout the piece, Williamson suggests that Sanders' ideologies are similar to those of the Nazis and that the senator holds racist and xenophobic beliefs. He also claims that Sanders is a ruthless politician hell-bent on destroying his competition and Americans' freedoms.

The piece is reminiscent of the National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg's book "Liberal Fascism," which Goldberg described as a piece "about how contemporary progressivism is a political religion with its roots in German state theory, sharing a close family resemblance to fascism."

Here are some of the lowlights from Williamson's piece titled "Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism":

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After the Des Moines Register's editorial board on Monday called on Donald Trump to drop out of the 2016 presidential race, calling the real estate mogul a "feckless blowhard," Trump hit back with a statement attacking the paper's integrity.

"I am not at all surprised by the Des Moines Register’s sophomoric editorial," Trump said in a Tuesday statement. "The Des Moines Register has lost much circulation, advertising, and power over the last number of years. They will do anything for a headline, and this poorly written ‘non-endorsement’ got them some desperately needed ink."

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