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.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday morning reiterated that Senate Republicans will block President Obama's nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, regardless of who the president puts forward.

"Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent. In this case, the Senate will withhold it," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they've already started making today."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning bashed "disloyal" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for forcing his communications director to resign after he circulated a fake video of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday night said that as president he would actively track down and deport undocumented immigrants, ramping up his rhetoric about immigration.

During an interview on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly asked Cruz if he would round up undocumented immigrants and deport them from the United States.

In response, Cruz said that undocumented immigrants should be deported and noted that he supports building a wall along the southern border.

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Moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Monday said that the Senate should hold confirmation hearings for President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, despite calls from Republican leadership to block any nominee from the President.

"I think the obligation of the Senate is to carefully consider any nominee whom the president submits," Collins told reporters, according to The Hill. "The best way to do that, in my judgement, is public hearings."

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As a protester was removed from Donald Trump's campaign rally in Las Vegas on Monday night, the Republican presidential candidate lamented that his staff had to be "gentle" with the protester.

"You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the ol’ days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks," Trump told the crowd at his rally as a protester was being escorted out of the event, according to video from NBC News.

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Moderate Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Monday strayed from the hard line issued by Senate Republican leaders on President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, calling for the Senate to consider the President's nominee.

"I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider," Kirk wrote in a Monday op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kirk's first public statement on how the Senate should proceed after Scalia's death had been keenly anticipated because he's a moderate Republican facing re-election this year in a closely watched race.

"I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information," he continued. "The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the president’s role in proposing a nominee."

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With no apparent sarcasm, an Arizona attorney on Sunday proposed that the late Justice Antonin Scalia's votes in cases pending before the Supreme Court should still count even though he died before the court issued its rulings.

"There’s no Ouija board required to figure out how Justice Scalia would vote on these things, he’s already voted," attorney Kory Langhofer said during a discussion on Phoenix, Arizona, television station KPNX. "We're at the second-to-last step in how these cases unfold when Justice Scalia died."

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Former presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has been offering "frank" advice and guidance to Donald Trump throughout February, the Washington Post reported.

"We’ve been talking. Donald and me, Donald and a few other friends who know politics. He calls to check things out or I’ll call him to say, 'Donald, you’re going too far' or 'What you said was great' or maybe 'Change it a bit.' It’s nothing formal. It’s kind of a running conversation," Giuliani told the Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. "There is candor and there is trust."

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Donald Trump on Saturday retweeted a post suggesting that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is not eligible to be president, and on Sunday, the real estate mogul insisted that he didn't know the Florida senator's "circumstance."

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