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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

During a Tuesday night rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald Trump bashed the state's Republican governor, Susana Martinez, who has yet to embrace the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"We have got to get your governor to get going,” Trump told the crowd, according to the Washington Post. “She’s got to do a better job. Okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor."

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Even though Mary Lou Bruner went into Tuesday's runoff election in Texas as the frontrunner for a seat on the state board of education, she ultimately lost the election Tuesday night to Keven Ellis, a chiropractor and local school board president in Lufkin.

Bruner made national headlines for entertaining conspiracy theories in posts on Facebook. She said that President Obama was a gay prostitute, warned that the federal government is pushing a socialist agenda in schools, and argued that Islam "is not a real religion."

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During a Tuesday speech, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) escalated her attacks on Donald Trump, describing his candidacy as an "urgent threat" and declaring that his past statements about the economy and Wall Street disqualify him from becoming president.

Warren first cited a comment Trump made in 2006 that he "sort of" hoped the housing market would crash because it could help his business.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is expected to sign this week a "Blue Lives Matter" bill into law, which would add police officers as a protected class under the state's hate-crime law.

The bill that makes attacks on law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medical first responders a hate crime will be the first law of its kind in the country.

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Though Ken Starr is best known for relentlessly spearheading a string of highly politicized investigations of Bill Clinton, the former prosecutor now seems to have kind words for the former president.

During a panel discussion last week in Philadelphia, Starr called Clinton "the most gifted politician of the baby boomer generation," according to the New York Times.

"His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear," he said. "It is powerful, it is palpable and the folks of Arkansas really understood that about him — that he genuinely cared. The ‘I feel your pain’ is absolutely genuine."

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Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY) said on Monday that Senate Republicans should not have rejected President Obama's Supreme Court nominee outright without waiting to see who the President put forward.

"I’ve never thought that was a good idea. I’ve always thought that the Republicans were wrong, that they should see who the nominee was—actually, the president nominated Judge Garland—and judge him on his abilities, his jurisprudence," Donovan told reporters at an event in Long Island, according to the Observer. "I think it’s one of the things that gets the public upset about politics, that they see things not moving."

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During a campaign rally on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Hillary Clinton's decision not to participate in a proposed Fox News debate in California ahead of the state's primary.

"I was disturbed, but not surprised that Secretary Clinton has backed out of the debate," Sanders said at the Santa Monica, California, rally, according to The Hill. "I think it’s a little bit insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the Californians address the major crises that we face."

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An envoy for North Korea on Monday dismissed Donald Trump's recent comment that he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss nuclear weapons.

"It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think his (Trump's) idea or talk is nonsense," So Se Pyong, the ambassador to the United Nations for North Korea, told Reuters.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday said that if his supporters are able to push his progressive agenda at the Democratic National Convention in July, then the event could get "messy."

"I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it's going to be messy," he told the Associated Press. "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic Party should go."

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