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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 break at MSNBC's Democratic presidential town hall, a hot mic captured Hillary Clinton and Chris Matthews discussing why the media covers Donald Trump and why politicians have thrown their support behind the real estate mogul's presidential bid.

"Man, you guys can’t stop covering about him. I mean, he is a dangerous presence and, you know, it’s just like candy by the bushel," Clinton said, referring to Trump, according to audio captured by the Washington Post.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday criticized Donald Trump for encouraging and allowing violence to take place at his campaign events, noting that there's a double standard that allows Trump to get away with certain behavior.

During an interview on "The Mike Gallagher Show," Rubio said that Trump "openly encourages people in his crowd to harm people physically."

He then addressed allegations that Trump's campaign manager grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields' arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the candidate a question after a press conference.

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Two more Breitbart News staffers resigned on Monday, citing concerns over the conservative news website's approach to covering Donald Trump and the outlet's "integrity."

Their resignations follow those of Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro, both of whom criticized Breitbart News for not supporting Fields after she alleged that Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed her arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the Republican presidential candidate a question last week.

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Breitbart News on Monday quickly deleted a post mocking an editor who resigned from the conservative media outlet over the way it reacted to reporter Michelle Fields' account that she was grabbed on the arm by Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Joel Pollak, a Breitbart editor-at-large and in-house counsel, said that he wrote the post mocking Shapiro and apologized for the post on Monday.

"The article was written by me as part of an effort to make light of a significant company event, and was published as a result of a misunderstanding without going through the normal editorial channels," Pollak said in a statement. "I apologize to Michelle Fields, my friend Ben Shapiro, and to everyone concerned."

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Michelle Fields, the reporter who alleged that Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm at a press conference last week, resigned from Breitbart News on Sunday, Buzzfeed News reported early Monday morning.

"Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a Sunday night statement to BuzzFeed News. "I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”

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During a Sunday night CNN town hall, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for inciting and encouraging violence at his campaign rallies.

Sanders addressed accusations from Trump that the Vermont senator's supporters has sparked chaos at his rallies with protests.

"I hesitate to say this because I really don't like to disparage public officials, but Donald Trump is a pathological liar," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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Buzzfeed News reported that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will endorse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday afternoon, citing two anonymous sources with knowledge of Lee's plans.

Politico also reported that Lee will endorse Cruz in Florida on Thursday.

Lee would be the first senator to endorse Cruz's presidential bid. The Utah senator has been closely aligned with Cruz and helped him orchestrate the 2013 federal government shutdown.

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During a Thursday morning radio interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) candidly explained that Senate Republicans would take a different approach to a Supreme Court nominee if a Republican president were in office and replacing a conservative justice.

Johnson was asked on Wisconsin radio show "Morning Mess" about Senate Republicans' refusal to consider President Obama's forthcoming nomination to the Supreme Court. The host hypothesized that things would be different if Mitt Romney were in the White House.

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The hosts of "Morning Joe" ended a Thursday morning interview with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) when he repeatedly declined to answer questions about Donald Trump's comment Wednesday night that "Islam hates us."

"You’re a friend of Donald Trump. Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims — Islam hates America, that Islam hates us? Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?" co-host Joe Scarborough asked Scott.

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