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

Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Thursday that he told Donald Trump that he needs to be more disciplined in order to win the presidency -- or else the United States will wind up as a banana republic under Hillary Clinton.

"I told him one word: discipline,” LePage said on the Howie Carr Show, according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News. “He said, ‘what do you mean?’ I said, ‘From here on out, everybody’s gonna wanna try to trip you so you gotta have discipline. He said, ‘oh, I get it. I get it.’”

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Amidst coverage of its involvement with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and pressure from advocacy groups, AARP on Thursday told Politico that it will not renew its membership with the conservative group.

"We will not renew our membership to ALEC. AARP will continue to explore avenues that will enhance our interaction with organizations and elected officials that represent different perspectives in order to further the issues important to Americans 50+ and their families," AARP said in a statement to Politico's Playbook, after the outlet asked if the organization would renew its membership with ALEC.

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George Zimmerman told police over the weekend that he was punched in the face in a Florida restaurant after mentioning that he killed Trayvon Martin, according to police records.

Zimmerman called 911 dispatchers to report the incident and request assistance from police, according to the 911 transcript obtained by Orlando television station WFTV.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning admitted that he did not see footage of American cash being delivered to Iran after claiming at least twice that he saw video of the cash being unloaded off a plane.

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Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) said on Thursday that because he thinks Donald Trump is a "sociopath" he may wind up voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

"I am ever more confirmed in my belief that Trump is a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse. And he is pathologically insecure, recklessly attacking anyone who does not confirm him as the best there is," Humphrey told NBC News in an email. "To imagine Trump in charge of our armed forces at a moment of crisis is frightening."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that his endorsement of Donald Trump does not give the Republican nominee "blank checks."

The comment came while Ryan was addressing Trump's hesitance to endorse him in his primary.

"The only endorsements that I want are those of my own employers here in the First Congressional District. And that's really what my focus is," Ryan said on Wisconsin radio station WTAQ about Trump's snub before pivoting to his own endorsement of the GOP nominee.

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Donald Trump's campaign team came out on Thursday with a bogus new explanation for why Trump declined to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in his primary. His aides said the campaign has a policy of not getting involved in primaries.

But that explanation rings hollow.

When Trump hesitated on Tuesday to endorse Ryan in his primary, he made no mention of a wish to stay neutral in Republican primaries. He simply said, "I’m just not quite there yet."

On top of that, Trump hasn't actually stayed neutral in the primaries. He endorsed Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) in the primary she lost back in June, and he even recorded a robocall for her.

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Donald Trump appeared to claim Wednesday that he saw footage of American cash being unloaded off of a plane in Iran, but the video he seems to be referencing shows hostages from Iran arriving in Geneva, Switzerland, the Washington Post reported.

While reporting on the $400 million payment from the United States to Iran that was part of a settlement for a failed decades-old arms deal, Fox News played footage that's been labeled as the scene of American hostages arriving in Geneva in January, according to the Washington Post. But during a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, Trump seemed to think that the footage was taken in Iran.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…