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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

With former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke now running for the open Louisiana U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, the state GOP is grappling with how to keep candidates it deems unsavory from running under the party's banner in the future.

There's nothing the state party can do this year to keep Duke, who is a convicted felon, from running for the seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). But the party's attempt to keep candidates like Duke from running as Republicans down the line hit a roadblock over the weekend.

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Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, said in an interview published Friday that he may vote for Hillary Clinton, citing Donald Trump's "disturbing" comments regarding foreign policy.

"I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her," he told German magazine Der Spiegel.

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The War on Christmas is back, and it's more strained than ever!

While listing the reasons why his father ran for president in an interview published Thursday, Eric Trump pointed to the tree on the White House lawn and claimed it was renamed the "Holiday tree."

However, in his attempt to explain his father's commitment to combating political correctness and the "War on Christmas," Eric Trump incorrectly accused the White House of renaming the Christmas tree.

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Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, is registered to vote in Florida, but the address he lists in the state is an unoccupied home, The Guardian reported Friday.

Bannon rented the home in Miami-Dade county for his ex-wife, Diane Clohesy, but Bannon does not live there and Clohesy moved out of the house earlier in the year, according to The Guardian.

Because Bannon does not appear to live in the home he lists on his voter registration documents, the Guardian reported, he is "in apparent breach" of state election laws. "Under Florida law, voters must be legal residents of the state and of the county where they register to vote," the paper reported. The state defines legal residency as the home "where a person mentally intends to make his or her permanent residence."

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on Thursday expressed optimism about the potential for Donald Trump to back away from his initial campaign proposal to deport all undocumented immigrants.

“I’ll wait and see what Donald Trump ultimately decides, I’m not convinced he’s comfortable with the idea of trying to deport 12 million people,” Priebus said on Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" when asked about Trump's recent comments on immigration. “It’s not a practical place to be, and I don’t necessarily think he was there. I think it’s up to him to work through this.”

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Donald Trump on Thursday night claimed that he doesn't know what the alt-right is when asked about Hillary Clinton's charges in a Thursday speech that Trump has embraced those who push white nationalist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim beliefs.

"Nobody even knows what it is, and she didn't know what it was. This is a term that was just given," Trump said when CNN's Anderson Cooper asked if he embraces the alt-right. "There is no alt-right or alt-left. All that I'm embracing is common sense."

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Donald Trump on Thursday night insisted on CNN that his recent comments about immigration reflect a "hardening" of his stance, but the Republican nominee refused to directly answer questions about his position on deportation.

"I don’t think it’s a softening," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper when the host noted that Trump actually said there could be a "softening" of his policy on deportation. “I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”

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