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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As part of an attempt to prevent rebellion at the Republican convention, Donald Trump will not let any Republicans who have not endorsed him speak at the party's July gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, according to the New York Times.

"If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak," Trump told the New York Times in an interview published Sunday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has endorsed Donald Trump, declined twice to say whether Trump is qualified to be president during a Sunday interview on ABC's "This Week."

"I think there's no question that he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they're beginning to right the ship," McConnell said when first asked if Trump is qualified. "It's a long time until November. And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job."

"And I think a good step in the right direction was the changes he made in the campaign. He's beginning to use a prepared script more often, which I think is absolutely appropriate for any candidate, whether you're a long-time politician like Hillary Clinton or whether you're new to the game like Donald Trump," the majority leader continued.

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During a speech on Irish-American heritage and immigration in Dublin on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden warned against nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric from politicians in Europe and the United States.

He noted that there has been unrest over issues like immigration, the economy, and terrorism, but said that blaming immigrants is not the appropriate response.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) was sued in November for playing Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" at a rally, and now the former presidential candidate wants to set up a legal defense fund to help pay for the settlement of lawsuit.

Rude Music, a record company run by Survivor member Frank M. Sullivan III, sued Huckabee for copyright infringement after the Republican played the song at a rally supporting Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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In a new television ad that began airing Thursday in Ohio, the Senate Majority PAC targets vulnerable Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on his past support for Social Security privatization.

The ad titled "Cicadas" from the Democratic group notes that Portman once supported privatizing Social Security. The ad's narrator says that as cicadas return to Ohio every 17 years, the senator periodically “returns to Ohio and tries to rewrite his record in Washington.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to be concerned about Donald Trump's chances in November, given the GOP nominee's inability to stick to a script and his meager fundraising haul in May.

"It’s no secret that he’s struggling. As you and I are talking today, we just saw his latest financial report and there’s not much money in there. He’s earned the nomination, but in order to be elected president, he needs to pivot and start acting like — presidential," McConnell said in a Friday episode of GOP consultant Ben Mathis' podcast, KickAss Politics, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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Hillary Clinton said Friday that she respects Britain's decision to leave the European Union, but noted the "uncertainty" caused by the move shows how important the American presidential election is.

"We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America's steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe," she said in a statement.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday said that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but he added that he's still not ready to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary.

"Yes, I think the issue right here is I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if he will vote for Clinton.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning praised Britain's decision to leave the European Union, drawing a parallel to the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

"The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy," he said in a statement.

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