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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

Aides from the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Thursday night sat down for a panel discussion at Harvard University about the 2016 race, but the forum devolved into acrimony when a Clinton aide accused the Trump campaign of peddling racism.

After Trump aides gloated about their victory and attributed their win in part to Steve Bannon, who has given a platform to white supremacists with his news website Breitbart, former Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennier Palmieri blasted Bannon and the Trump campaign's tactics.

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During his first stop on his victory tour on Thursday night, Donald Trump told a crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, that he has chosen retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.

Trump geared up to announce his pick by telling the audience that he wanted to create suspense.

"I don’t want to tell you this because I want to save the suspense for next week. So I will not tell you. I refuse to tell you," he said.

"Don’t let it outside of this room. Do you promise?" he then asked, telling people in the crowd to raise their hands and promise.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday continued to push for some form of Medicare privatization, but he did not offer many details on what changes to the program he would seek or when the House would tackle it.

Ryan told reporters at a press conference that Congress is "going to have to do things to preserve" Medicare, again claiming that the program "is on a path to going bankrupt."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday blasted Donald Trump's reported deal to keep 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indiana, warning that the agreement could set a bad precedent for companies looking for tax breaks.

"Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives," Sanders wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday morning. "Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be re-evaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America."

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Wednesday approved a request for a machine recount of more than 90,000 early vote ballots in Durham County, where data were entered manually late on Election Day after machine issues.

When the county added the early vote ballots to the tally, Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper took the lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the governor's race, and McCrory's campaign argued that the "irregularities" warranted a recount.

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Democratic North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's lead over the state's governor, Pat McCrory, has now surpassed 10,000 votes, the threshold for requesting a recount, though the vote tally is not yet finalized.

The state board of elections website shows Cooper leading McCrory by 10,329 votes, and candidates in North Carolina are permitted to ask for a recount when the margin in the race is 10,000 votes or fewer.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an adviser for Donald Trump known for pushing anti-immigrant policies and voting restrictions, on Wednesday said that Trump was right to claim that "millions" of people "voted illegally" in the 2016 election.

"I think the president-elect is absolutely correct when he says the number of illegal votes cast exceeds the popular vote margin between him and Hillary Clinton at this point," Kobach said after announcing that Kansas had certified its election results, according to the Wichita Eagle.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday said that Republican lawmakers will move to address Obamacare as quickly as possible next year.

"We need to get Obamacare relief to families as fast as possible," he told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "That is our plan."

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