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

During a Donald Trump campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, the real estate mogul's supporters got into a physical confrontation with protesters who joined the event to object to Trump's immigration policies.

At the event of nearly 5,000 people, about 20 protesters, some of whom were students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), began heckling Trump when he began talking about immigration, according to CNN. Protesters were escorted out of the event by security and police officers, and numerous protesters got into verbal and physical altercations with other attendees at the event.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday said that laws to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in the workplace are unnecessary, arguing that new laws would only prompt more litigation.

"I think really the things you do in your house, we could just leave those in your house and they wouldn't have to be part of the workplace," Paul said when asked at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, whether employers should be able to fire people for being gay or transgender, according to a video recorded by the Huffington Post.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign quickly denounced the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Wednesday after a second House Republican, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), admitted that the committee was established in part to go after Clinton.

"House Republicans aren't even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce. After failing to produce any new information on the tragic 2012 attacks at Benghazi despite a 17-month investigation, John Boehner has reportedly urged the committee to shift its focus to Hillary Clinton's emails in an ongoing effort to try to hurt her politically," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a Wednesday night statement. "Hillary Clinton will still attend next week's hearing, but at this point, Trey Gowdy's inquiry has zero credibility left."

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Despite House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) attempt to walk back his comment that the House Benghazi committee had successfully hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, a Republican congressman said on Wednesday that the committee "was designed to go after" the Democratic frontrunner.

While discussing the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on New York radio station WIBX 950's "Keeler in the Morning," Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) brought up McCarthy's comments and the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

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After repeatedly arguing that gun control policies fueled Adolf Hitler's rise in Nazi Germany, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said he did not mean for his comments to "diminish the enormity of the tragedy."

The Republican presidential candidate has made numerous references to Hitler over the past year, and most recently said that Hitler's power would have been "greatly diminished if the people had been armed." He addressed his latest comments in an op-ed published Wednesday on The Jerusalem Post.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) opposes raising the minimum wage, but the Republican presidential candidate on Wednesday admitted that people can't live off of jobs that pay only $10 or $11 per hour.

"I have the full confidence that the American private sector, made up of the most innovative and productive people on this planet, won’t just create millions of jobs. They will create millions of jobs that pay more. Because even the jobs that are being created now don’t pay enough. You can’t live on $10 an hour. You can’t live on $11 an hour," he said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed frustrated during his campaign's day-long livestream of the Republican presidential candidate's activities on the campaign trail on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn't be participating in the "dumbass livestream" if he wasn't running for president.

Paul read aloud a few comments and questions people had for him about his campaign on Google.

"The third question, most popular question from Google is, 'Is Rand Paul still running for president?'" Paul said, according to a video posted on YouTube.

"And uh, I don't know -- wouldn't be doing this dumbass livestreaming if I weren't. So yes, I still am running for president. Get over it," he answered.

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During an awkward interview with former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee about the Democratic presidential candidate's tax proposal, Fox News host Sean Hannity grew so frustrated with Chafee's plan that he threw a wad of cash in the air.

After the CNN debate, Hannity asked Chaffee what he considers fair when it comes to taxing the "rich." When Chafee asked for Hannity's definition of "rich," the Fox host said to include the top five percent of wage earners.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American people more "free stuff."

"If you watched that debate last night it looked like something from the early ’80s," Rubio said on "Fox and Friends." "It was basically a liberal verses liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff: Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything."

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Donald Trump said he believes that the federal government has yet to grant him Secret Service protection because he is a Republican presidential candidate, lamenting that the agency doesn’t "give a shit."

The real estate mogul told The Hill that the large crowds he draws warrants a Secret Service detail, noting that President Obama was given Secret Service protection earlier than usual during the 2008 campaign. The White House granted Obama a detail in May 2007 in part due to the large crowds he attracted.

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