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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

Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., lamented on Monday that his opinion is "discredited" as a billionaire's son.

"Now, listen, in this country I’m the son of a billionaire, I can’t even have an opinion anymore," he said on Breitbart News Daily, according to audio published by Buzzfeed News. "I could be Albert Einstein and they would discredit me as a horrible scientist. It doesn’t matter."

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Former President Bill Clinton began his remarks at a rally for Hillary Clinton on Monday by lamenting that he has to watch his words more now that he's campaigning for his wife.

"The hotter this election gets, the more I wish I were just a former president and just for a few months not the spouse of the next one because, you know, I have to be careful what I say," he said at the rally in New Hampshire.

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Ammon Bundy, the leader of the occupation at an federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, released a new statement from jail through his lawyers on Monday.

In the statement recorded on Saturday and published on YouTube by his lawyers on Monday, Bundy called on state lawmakers to visit their constituents in prison and protect their rights to free speech from the federal government.

"This is a call to action for any elected representative in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, the State of Washington, and Ohio. You have constituents in federal custody. Please visit and contact them to voice your support for free speech, the right to assemble, and civil disobedience," Bundy said in the statement. "It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state," he continued in his statement to state officials.

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Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign has sent out a mailer that says on the envelope that there is a "check enclosed," but the document inside asks for a donation with a fake check made out to the Cruz campaign, the Huffington Post reported on Sunday.

The return address on the envelope says it came from "U.S. Senator Ted Cruz" in a font that looks official. Below his name on the envelope in smaller text, the envelope reads, "Personal business" and "Not printed or mailed at taxpayer expense."

The mailer includes a fake check made out to "Cruz for President," and a letter says that a "group of generous supporters" will match any contribution made to the campaign.

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The Iowa Democratic Party on Sunday released updated results from the Iowa caucus, showing Hillary Clinton still narrowly winning the state, after results from five precincts were corrected.

Following the corrections, Clinton lost 0.122 state delegate equivalents, Sen. Bernie Sanders gained 0.1053 state delegate equivalents, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley gained 0.0167 state delegate equivalents.

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Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential pack in New Hampshire by a wide margin, but Sen. Marco Rubio's surge to second place nearly disappeared in a tracking poll released by the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Monday.

Trump leads his competitors by 21 points, earning 34 percent support from likely Republican primary voters. The real estate mogul's support in the tracking poll has dropped 4 percentage points since the beginning of last week.

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While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Sunday, Bill Clinton slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) focus on big banks and the economy throughout the presidential race.

"Hillary's opponent has a different view," Clinton said without mentioning Sanders' name, according to the Huffington Post. "It's a hermetically sealed box. It's very effective. The system is rigged against you by the big banks, and both parties are in the thrall of the big banks. Anybody who takes money from Goldman Sachs couldn't possibly be president."

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) touted his victory in the Iowa caucuses during the Saturday night Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump quipped that Cruz only won the state by spreading rumors about Ben Carson.

"That's because he got Ben Carson's votes, by the way, but we won't say that," Trump said, referencing the Cruz' campaign's attempts to persuade Iowa caucusgoers to vote for Cruz by telling them that Carson was suspending his campaign.

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When explaining his criticism of President Obama's speech this week at a Maryland mosque during Saturday night's Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) worked in a claim that the Obama administration is discriminating against Christian groups.

Rubio criticized Obama for claiming that there is "widespread discrimination against Muslim Americans" before later mentioning discrimination against Christians.

The Florida senator referenced the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have sued the federal government over the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers offer health plans that cover contraceptives.

"I do believe it is important to recognize -- you want to talk about religious discrimination in America. I don't think Barack Obama's being sued by any Islamic groups, but he is being sued by the Little Sisters of the Poor," Rubio said.

He added that there are Christians with "traditional values" who face discrimination as the government forces them to "violate their conscience."

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