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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 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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Donald Trump did not pay any income tax, or paid very little income tax, in 1991 and 1993, according to documents obtained by Politico and published Friday.

The documents showed that Trump did not pay taxes due to losses on properties he owned, not due to any illegal activity.

"Welcome to the real estate business," Trump told Politico in an emailed response to the documents.

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Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) on Friday announced that he will no longer seek a seat in the Senate and will instead run for re-election to the House, potentially clearing a path for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to run again for his Senate seat.

"I have unfinished business. We have unfinished business together," Jolly wrote in a Facebook post announcing his decision. "Today I'm asking you for the opportunity to keep doing my job. I ask for your support in seeking reelection to the House of Representatives."

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control this week, said on Thursday that there might be enough votes in the Senate to pass a measure barring people on terror watch lists from purchasing a firearm.

"We may have 60 votes to pass the measure that makes sure that people who are on the terror watch list cannot buy guns,” he said on CNN. ”That is a non-controversial issue in the American public.”

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Former President George W. Bush is helping a handful of vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in November, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), according to a New York Times report.

Bush has headlined fundraisers for McCain and Ayotte in the past few weeks and plans on helping Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as well, the New York Times reported.

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