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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

Eric Trump on Wednesday joined Donald Trump's surrogates in applauding the Republican nominee for not bringing up Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the Monday debate, even saying that the moment is "something I’ll always remember."

"I mean, he very well could’ve looked down—and he said it when he came off the debate stage, ‘I wasn’t gonna respond to that question because I saw Chelsea in the front row and I just wasn’t gonna go there out of respect for her,'" Eric Trump told Iowa radio host Simon Conway, according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News. “And that was a big moment for me and probably will actually become — my life and this campaign — and probably something I’ll always remember."

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The Donald Trump campaign's Georgia state director, Brandon Phillips, resigned on Tuesday after a local news station uncovered past criminal charges.

"Today we accepted the resignation of the Trump-Pence campaign's Georgia State Director Brandon Phillips. Billy Kirkland, our Georgia Senior Advisor, will continue to lead the campaign's operations in Georgia," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement to Atlanta television station WBTV.

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After Hillary Clinton shared her story during the presidential debate Monday night, Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe once labeled "Miss Piggy" by Donald Trump, detailed her experience with the "rude" and "aggressive" real estate mogul.

Machado told CNN on Tuesday night that Trump tried to "destroy my self-esteem."

"He was really aggressive. He was really rude. He was a bad person with me," she said.

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Republican leaders on Tuesday night agreed to allow a vote on aid for the Flint, Michigan, water crisis in a water resources bill, potentially setting up Congressional leaders to agree on a temporary funding bill to keep the government open until December.

The House Rules Committee had initially blocked an amendment on Flint aide to the Water Resources Development Act, but GOP leaders agreed to add the amendment providing $170 million in aid for Flint, according to The Hill.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning lamented that NBC's Lester Holt, the moderator of Monday night's debate, and asked him unfair questions and declined to ask Hillary Clinton about her emails or the Benghazi attack.

"I had some hostile questions, but that was okay," Trump said on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning when asked how he thought the debate went.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning responded Hillary Clinton's comment during the debate that Trump once called a beauty contest contestant "Miss Piggy," saying on "Fox and Friends" that the Miss Universe contestant had "gained a massive amount of weight."

Trump brought up Clinton's remarks about Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner who Trump encouraged to lose weight after she won the crown in the 1990s, when he was asked if Clinton got under his skin. Trump said that Machado was the "absolute worst."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning complained that during the Monday night debate, his microphone was malfunctioning and that the volume was lower than that of Hillary Clinton's microphone.

"I had a problem with a microphone that didn't work," he said on "Fox and Friends." "My microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose? My microphone, in the room they couldn't hear me, you know, it was going on and off. Which isn't exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way, but it was terrible."

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After the Monday night presidential debate, Donald Trump boasted that he decided against mentioning Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the debate, and his allies cheered the move as a display of restraint and excellent temperament.

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, on Tuesday morning said that Trump displayed "great temperament and restraint" by choosing not to mention Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the debate.

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Conway said that Hillary Clinton sometimes looked "glib" while Trump was speaking during the debate before pivoting to Trump's decision not to bring up Bill Clinton.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) last week wished Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany's anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, good luck in the Berlin elections in a tweet lamenting "cultural suicide by demographic transformation."

The tweet included a photo of himself with Petry and Geert Wilders, an anti-Muslim Dutch politician.

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Even if Donald Trump puts his best foot forward at the debate Monday night, it appears that his Republican cheerleaders are not prepared to tone down their rhetoric.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is ready with conspiracy theories about Clinton's health, wondering in a tweet whether the Democratic nominee would be "on her meds or off her meds."

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