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

Rick Tyler, the former communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign who was fired this week over a misleading video, told MSNBC on Friday that he did not realize how much attention the video would get when he posted it to social media.

Tyler posted a video to Twitter and Facebook that appeared to show Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) saying that there are "not many answers" in the Bible. Rubio actually said that "all the answers" are in the Bible. Tyler removed the video when he realized the error and apologized, but Cruz ultimately asked Tyler to resign.

Tyler, who has now become an MSNBC contributor, said on Friday that he was "not mad" that he was let go.

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Former Mexican President Vincente Fox slammed Donald Trump again on Friday, telling CNN that the Republican presidential candidate reminds him of Adolf Hitler.

Fox told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Trump would weaken the United States, not strengthen it.

"He's going to take that nation back to the old days of conflict, war, and everything," he said, adding that Trump "reminds me of Hitler."

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During a Texas campaign rally on Friday, Donald Trump told voters that if he is elected president, he will change libel laws to make it easier to win lawsuits against media outlets.

The Republican presidential candidate raised the issue while complaining that news networks only show his rallies' crowds on camera if there is a protester. He then turned his attention to the New York Times, which he said is "totally incompetently run."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) rocked the Republican presidential primary on Friday with an endorsement of Donald Trump, calling the real estate mogul the candidate best "prepared to provide America with the strong leadership."

In a joint press conference in Fort Worth it was all back-slapping and bonhomie between the two formal rivals. But way back --- errr, two weeks ago -- when Christie was still a candidate in the presidential race, he was targeting The Donald just like the other GOP also-rans. Perhaps stung by Christie's barbs, Trump even noted earlier this month that Christie "used to be a friend" but things had changed. Until today.

Here are some of Christie's most pointed attacks on Trump from the primary campaign:

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During a press dinner on Thursday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) let loose on the Republican party and the GOP presidential candidate, telling his party that it's going to have to "up its game."

Graham's comments came during a dinner held by the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner where lawmaker guests typically crack jokes about their own party, as well as lawmakers across the aisle.

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In an interview that aired Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Hillary Clinton said she's been surprised by Donald Trump's transformation from "good company" to a "mean-spirited" and "offensive" person.

"I didn’t know him that well, but I did know him. And I think it’s been most surprising to me to see somebody who was affable and was good company and had a reputation of being kind of bigger than life really traffic in a lot of the prejudice and paranoia," she said. "And some of the comments that he’s made, which have been so divisive and mean-spirited, doesn’t quite fit with what I thought I knew about him."

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Following Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump suggested that he always gets audited by the IRS because of his religion.

During a post-debate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Trump noted that he cannot release his tax returns while he's being audited. He then lamented that he's constantly audited by the IRS.

"I'm always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. I don’t know — maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently," he said.

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