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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

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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Des Moines Register's editorial board penned a fiery editorial on Monday evening calling on Donald Trump to drop out of the race following his comments suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is only considered a war hero because he was captured.

"In the five weeks since he announced his campaign to seek the GOP nomination for president, Trump has been more focused on promoting himself, and his brand, than in addressing the problems facing the nation. If he were merely a self-absorbed, B-list celebrity, his unchecked ego could be tolerated as a source of mild amusement," members of the editorial board wrote. "But he now wants to become president, which means that he aspires to be the leader of the free world and the keeper of our nuclear launch codes."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly confronted Donald Trump Monday night over the presidential candidate's comments this weekend suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is only considered a war hero because he was captured.

When asked why he made a discussion about veterans personal, Trump insisted that McCain has a poor record when it comes to helping veterans.

"He’s the guy. He’s supposed to be doing it. And I see him on television all the time, and he’s always talking, talking, but nothing gets done," Trump said.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday bashed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has refused to condemn Donald Trump's Saturday remarks suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is only a "war hero" because he was captured.

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After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) wife, Tonette Walker, described earlier in July how some members of her family disagreed with the governor's opposition to same-sex marriage, Walker made it clear over the weekend that his wife supports his stance against gay marriage.

"Some in the media, not you, but others have, I think misstated my wife’s position. There are some family members who have extended family who have different views on this, but my wife actually supports my position so that’s something," Walker said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The Brody File" published on Sunday.

"She pointed out she was torn by the fact that she’s got me with a position and she’s got others family members in different positions, but being emotionally torn doesn’t mean that she’s got a difference of opinion," he continued.

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Following Donald Trump's inflammatory remarks on Saturday suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was only a "war hero" because he was a prisoner of war, McCain on Monday said that Trump does not owe him an apology, but should address other veterans and their families.

"He may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country," McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Donald Trump won't apologize for comments he made on Saturday suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was only considered a "war hero" because he was captured.

Trump, who also said on Saturday that he likes "people who weren't captured," prompted a quick condemnation from his fellow Republican presidential candidates.

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