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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

Donald Trump on Monday morning attempted to soften comments he made over the weekend suggesting that someone carrying a gun in the Orlando, Florida, night club could have shortened the deadly shooting.

"If in that club, you had some people, not a lot of people ... but if you had somebody with a gun strapped on to their hip, somebody with a gun strapped on to their ankle and you had bullets going in the opposite direction, right at this animal who did this, you would have had a very, very different result," Trump said at a Saturday rally in Arizona, according to ABC News.

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During television appearances on Sunday to push back against calls for gun control legislation in the wake of the deadly Orlando shooting, two officials for the National Rifle Association admitted that people at bars should not be carrying guns.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's lobbying arm, was asked about Trump's recent suggestion that the shooting at the Orlando night club could have ended sooner if people in the club had been armed.

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During a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, Donald Trump accused former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) of helping an effort to keep Trump from securing the nomination at the Republican convention in July.

"By the way, Jeb is working on the movement, just so you understand," Trump said, according to The Hill. "Jeb is one of the people that's working — and the other one should be obvious."

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During her speech at the New Hampshire Democratic party's convention on Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continued her attacks on Donald Trump, calling him a "thin-skinned, racist bully."

"Donald Trump says he likes to see women on their knees," she told the crowd, according to NBC News. "Well, Donald, that's not happening. Can you believe this guy? Democrats believe in equal pay for equal work and a woman's right to decisions over her own body. And we're ready to fight for it."

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Apple told Republican officials that it will not offer funding or help for the Republican national convention in July because of the party's support for Donald Trump, Politico reported on Saturday.

Buzzfeed News later confirmed that Apple would not aid the Republican convention.

Apple refused help to the GOP due to Trump's comments about women, immigrants and minorities, according to Politico.

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Donald Trump has taken a hit in national polls, with several this month showing him trailing Hillary Clinton, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee says it isn't a big deal.

"I’m four down in one poll, three and a half in another that just came out, and I haven’t started yet," he told the New York Times Thursday night.

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The Florida assistant state attorney was suspended on Friday for a social media post describing Orlando, Florida, as "a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs" in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, according to Orlando television station WESH.

Kenneth Lewis was suspended for violating the State Attorney's Office social media policy, Angela Starke, a spokeswoman for the office, told WESH.

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A spokesman for the Republican National Committee on Friday evening dismissed a "silly" report that a group of delegates are working to keep Donald Trump from winning the nomination at the party's national convention by pushing for rules changes.

"Donald Trump bested 16 highly qualified candidates and received more primary votes than any candidate in Republican Party history. All of the discussion about the RNC Rules Committee acting to undermine the presumptive nominee is silly," RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. "There is no organized effort, strategy or leader of this so-called movement. It is nothing more than a media creation and a series of tweets."

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Despite orders from President Obama and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to lower flags to half staff in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, one county official in Alabama refused.

Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said that the shooting was not a "valid circumstance" according to the U.S. Flag Code. The code requires flags to fly at half staff on Memorial Day and after the death of a government official, and also allows the President to add more rules regarding the flag.

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