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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

When asked how he would respond to Pope Francis if he made a comment about capitalism promoting greed, Donald Trump gave a confusing answer about the Islamic State.

"I'd say ISIS wants to get you. You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican, you have heard that, you know, that's a dream of theirs to go into Italy," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday when asked how he would respond to the pope.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Wednesday said that the U.S. government needs to better prevent abuse of birthright citizenship, but he stopped short of calling for an end to the practice of automatically granting citizenship to people born in the U.S.

During an interview on Bill Bennett's radio show, Bush reiterated that birthright citizenship is guaranteed as part of the Constitution, but called for "greater enforcement."

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Ben Carson on Wednesday indicated that he is open to using drone strikes to help secure the border, according to Dennis Welch, a reporter for Phoenix television station KTVK.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Wednesday said that he would like to get rid of teachers' lounges to reduce how much teachers worry about losing their jobs.

Kasich said at an education summit in New Hampshire that many teachers believe that "we’re out to take their job" when schools evaluate teacher performance and that teachers' lounges provide an environment where this worry spreads.

"No we’re not out to take their job. If you need help, we’ll help you. If you’re a terrible teacher, then you should be doing something else because you’re going to find more satisfaction doing something else that you’re good at," he said. "We have to constantly communicate that."

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Donald Trump says it's "unlikely" that he will join Megyn Kelly's Fox News show for an interview after his fight with Fox News over the questions asked by Kelly at the first Republican presidential debate.

"They wanted me to do her show, but I'm not looking to do that. I know it's good show business, I know it's good for ratings, but that doesn't matter," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview publishing online on Wednesday.

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Sarah Palin on Tuesday night lauded Donald Trump's immigration plan during an appearance on Fox News, arguing that ending birthright citizenship would help keep families together.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said that those who oppose ending birthright citizenship will portray Trump's plan as "heartless," but Palin said "nothing could be further from the truth." She argued that the children of those who are not citizens should be deported from the U.S. along with their parents.

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Republican New York Assemblyman John Ceretto announced on Tuesday that he will run for re-election in 2016 as a Democrat, prompting one of his fellow Republican assembly members to launch a series of insults at Ceretto on Twitter.

Before serving in the New York state assembly, Ceretto was a member of the Democratic Party, according to The Buffalo News. He switched to the Republican Party in 2006, and he was elected to the assembly as a Republican in 2010. And now he's ready to return to the Democratic party.

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As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential primary with outlandish statements, two Democratic members of Congress have launched an attempt to keep Trump's name off of the hotel he is building in the historic Old Post Office in Washington, D.C.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) wrote last week that Trump's "repulsive speech has no place in our public discourse," the Washington Business Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Fresh off his confrontation with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump is now lashing out at Fox News pollster Frank Luntz over the focus group following the first Republican presidential debate.

The participants in Luntz's focus group bashed the real estate mogul's performance and called Trump "mean" and "bombastic." Trump was quick to criticize the focus group, calling Luntz a "clown" and a "low class slob" on Twitter.

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