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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

Following a threat from Donald Trump that he may consider running as an independent, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said on Monday morning that all Republican presidential candidates should commit to run only as a member of the GOP.

"Certainly, I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third-party candidate," he said on NBC's "Today." "I don’t see that happening. I think everyone understands that if Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican. And most people that run for president run to win, and if our candidates want to win, then they’ll have to run as a Republican."

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday threatened to arrest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who stage protests at the funerals for the victims of the Thursday shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

"If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt this funeral, we're going to lock them up. We're going to arrest them. They shouldn't try that in Louisiana. We won't abide by that here," Jindal said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Let these families grieve. Let them celebrate their daughters, their children, their spouses, their loved ones’ lives in peace. They better not try that nonsense here."

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The Senate on Sunday failed to pass an amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its first vote on repealing the law since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.

Eight senators did not participate in the weekend vote, leading the measure, an amendment to the highway funding bill, to fail in a 49-43 party line vote, according to Politico.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday blasted President Obama for agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran, invoking the Holocaust to describe how he believes the agreement may impact Israel.

"This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," he said in an interview with Breitbart News on Saturday.

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After a fundraiser for Scott Walker called Donald Trump "DumbDumb" in an email, the real estate mogul on Saturday turned his insults toward the Republican Wisconsin governor and fellow presidential candidate.

"I can finally attack," Trump said at an event in Iowa, calling Walker fundraiser and venture capitalist Gregory Slayton's comments "horrible," according to The Hill.

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Despite being denied press credentials by the Donald Trump campaign, reporters for the Des Moines Register attended and covered his Saturday campaign event.

The Trump campaign had told the Des Moines Register that reporters for the paper would be unable to obtain press passes for a Saturday speech in Iowa due to an editorial published by the paper calling for Trump to drop out of the presidential race.

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A top fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Gregory Slayton, called Donald Trump "DumbDumb" in a fundraising email and stands by his comment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls," Slayton, a venture capitalist and former consul general to Bermuda, wrote in the email. "He’s also a plain spoken member of the 99% (as opposed to someone pretending to be so)…and that will be a KSF in 2016."

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Friday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to run as a third-party candidate in the presidential race.

"I don't think he's going to do that. I think he knows that if you're going to beat Hillary Clinton — if Hillary Clinton is going to get beat, there's only one party that's going to beat her: It's the Republican Party," Priebus told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, according to The Hill.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said that it is not the appropriate time to discuss gun control policy following a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

"We are less than 24 hours out, we’ve got two families that need to bury their loved ones. We’ve got families waiting for their loved ones to leave the hospital and are praying for their recovery," Jindal said at a Friday press conference, according to The Hill. "There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and I’m sure that folks will want to score political points of this tragedy, as they’ve tried to do on previous tragedies."

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Donald Trump attempted to punish the Des Moines Register on Friday for publishing a critical editorial calling for the real estate mogul to to drop out of the presidential race.

The Iowa newspaper claimed on Friday that Trump barred one the paper's reporters and columnists from attending a Saturday event. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the paper that it had been denied press credentials because of the paper's Monday editorial, according to the Des Moines Register.

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