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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

Four members of Buzzfeed News' political research team led by Andrew Kaczynski are joining the CNN politics team Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported.

Kaczynski, along with Kyle Blaine, Nate McDermott, and Christopher Massie, have scoured past and recent interviews of the presidential candidates for Buzzfeed. Kaczynski's unit at Buzzfeed, the "K-File," is responsible for surfacing many of Donald Trump's past statements about the Iraq War and for revealing that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) plagiarized.

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Between 1998 and 2003, the Trump Organization rented office space to an Iranian bank that was later linked to a terrorist organization by U.S. officials, according to a report published Monday morning by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

When Trump purchased the General Motors Building in Manhattan, he inherited Bank Melli as a tenant, according to documents reviewed by ICIJ and CPI. The U.S. then designated Bank Melli as a Iranian state-controlled bank in 1999. Bank Melli's rent to Trump may have been over half a million dollars per year, according to court documents obtained by ICIJ and CPI.

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In an interview published on Sunday, President Obama said that the nomination of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008 marked the beginning of a shift in the Republican party that led to the rise of Donald Trump.

"I see a straight line from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee to what we see today in Donald Trump, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the tea party, and the shift in the center of gravity for the Republican Party," Obama told New York Magazine.

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In a Sunday morning interview on CNN's "State of the Union," host Jake Tapper grilled former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over the New York Times report revealing that Donald Trump may have avoided paying federal income tax for almost 20 years.

Giuliani repeatedly insisted that the Times' report only shows that Trump is a smart businessman.

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After Donald Trump complained that his microphone at the first presidential debate was "terrible," the Commission on Presidential Debates issued a short statement Friday saying that the Republican nominee's audio had "issues."

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the statement from the debate commission read.

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House Science Committee Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has taken his climate change denialism crusade to the Securities and Exchange Commission, demanding information about the independent body's new investigation into Exxon.

Smith sent a letter to the SEC on Thursday expressing concern that the commission's probe "advances a prescriptive climate change orthodoxy that may chill further climate change research."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign Friday seized on Donald Trump's middle-of-the-night Twitter tirade against a former Miss Universe to deride the GOP nominee as "unhinged" and thin-skinned.

In a series of tweets of its own, the Clinton campaign said that Trump has a pattern of lashing out when something "gets under his skin" and noted that he has attacked several women's appearances.

Trump's late-night tweetstorm attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado as "disgusting," claimed that she has a "sex tape," and suggested without any evidence that Clinton may have improperly assisted the Venezuelan Machado in obtaining her U.S. citizenship.

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Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he has ever done business in Cuba following a Newsweek report that that the Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts broke the Cuba embargo by paying a consulting firm to explore business opportunities there.

"No. I never did business in Cuba," Trump told New Hampshire television station NH1 when asked about the Newsweek report. "There’s this guy who has very bad reputation as a reporter. You see what his record is. He wrote something about me in Cuba. No I never did anything in Cuba. I never did a deal in Cuba. I heard about it last night for the first time."

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