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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During an appearance on Fox News Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly declined to answer host Megyn Kelly's question about birthright citizenship and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Kelly asked Cruz, who has recently backed ending birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, whether he believes that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship to those born in America or if he thinks the Constitution would need to be amended.

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During a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night, Donald Trump ejected Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after the journalist began asking the real estate mogul about his plan to deport undocumented immigrants from the U.S. without first being called on by Trump.

As Ramos confronted Trump, he told the journalist that he had not been called upon and repeatedly told Ramos to sit down, according to video captured by CNN.

"Go back to Univision," Trump told Ramos.

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Though Fox News hosts remained largely silent during Donald Trump's first spat with Megyn Kelly, the channel's personalities were quick to defend their colleague Tuesday morning after Trump again decided to ridicule Kelly.

Trump had patched up his relationship with Fox after commenting that Kelly "had blood coming out of her wherever" during the first Republican presidential debate. However, on Monday night he said Kelly was "off her game" upon returning from vacation. He also retweeted a comment calling Kelly a "bimbo."

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The National Rifle Association, along with other gun rights groups, on Monday sued the city of Seattle over a new "gun violence tax" on those who sell firearms and ammunition in the city.

The city approved the tax earlier in August, and the ordinance will go into effect in January 2016, according to MyNorthwest.com. Seattle will direct revenue from the tax toward "prevention programs and research intended to reduce the burden of gun violence on Seattle residents and neighborhoods."

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As Donald Trump continues to garner attention and traction in the polls, two state Republican parties are trying to place obstacles in the real estate mogul's path to the Republican nomination.

The Republican parties in Virginia and North Carolina are both considering forcing candidates to sign a pledge that they will not run as an independent in order to qualify for the GOP primary ballot, according to Politico. The move could either keep Trump off of the ballot or keep him from launching an independent bid if he loses the Republican nomination.

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Donald Trump reveled in the opportunity to ridicule Jeb Bush on Tuesday morning, publishing a series of tweets mocking the former Florida governor's Monday comment about "anchor babies."

While defending his use of the term "anchor babies" during a trip near the U.S.-Mexico border, Bush said he used the term to refer to Asian immigrants.

"What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there's organized efforts, and frankly, it's more related to Asian people coming into our country and having children in that organized effort," he continued.

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Despite Donald Trump's insistence that he will win the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election, a Gallup poll released on Monday shows that Trump's favorability among Hispanics lags far behind the rest of the Republican field.

Since Gallup began surveying Hispanics in early July, just 14 percent viewed Trump favorably while 65 percent viewed him unfavorably, leaving the real estate mogul with a net -51 percent favorability rating with Hispanics. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) tied for the next most unpopular presidential candidate among Hispanics with net -7 percent favorability ratings, according to Gallup.

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As Megyn Kelly returned from a vacation on Monday night, Donald Trump reignited his fight with the Fox News host by lashing out in a series of tweets and retweets criticizing Kelly's performance.

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Plans for a Chick-fil-A location at the Denver International Airport have been placed on hold after members of the city council last week objected to anti-gay views of the chain's owner.

Robin Kniech, the first openly gay member on the Denver City Council, was the first to protest a Chick-fil-A location at the airport during the council's Business Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Denver Post reported. She said she was concerned that the airport location would add to "corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination."

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The president of Old Dominion College in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as members of the school student government, condemned students' banners hung on an off-campus house welcoming freshmen women and their mothers to school.

The signs included the message, "Rowdy and fun; Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time." Another banner marked the house as "Freshman daughter drop-off," with an additional sign welcoming people to "Go ahead and drop off mom too." A picture of the signs circulated on Facebook over the weekend, and the original post with the photo has been deleted, according to The Huffington Post.

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