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

Following revelations that Melania Trump appeared to lift portions of her speech from the address that now-First Lady Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention, the Donald Trump campaign issued a vague statement that did not directly address accusations of plagiarism.

"In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement issued early Tuesday morning. "Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again placed some blame on President Obama for a terrorist attack, this time for the deadly truck attack in Nice, France, last week.

McCain said on Friday that Obama's policies gave rise to the Islamic State, which the senator argued is responsible for the attack.

"As far as the tragedy in France is concerned, obviously this is an act of mayhem and despicable. But I also have to tell you — and our prayers are with the families, obviously, and the French people — but I also have to tell you, that as long as we have a leadership in this country, the president of the United States, who allowed this to happen, his policies are directly responsible for ISIS and ISIS is responsible for these attacks," McCain said on Arizona radio station KTAR.

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With Donald Trump set to secure the Republican nomination for president this week, the ghostwriter behind Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," revealed the real estate mogul's true character that the book ignored.

"I put lipstick on a pig," writer Tony Schwartz told the New Yorker. "I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is."

Schwartz actually suggested that Trump write "The Art of the Deal" instead of the autobiography Trump had set out to pen. The real estate mogul then asked Schwartz to help him write the book, and Schwartz agreed when Trump offered him half of the advance and of the royalties.

"It was one of a number of times in my life when I was divided between the Devil and the higher side," Schwartz told the New Yorker.

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Vulnerable Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), had been one of a few Republican senators up for re-election this year who planned on avoiding the GOP convention, but now he is scheduled to speak in Cleveland.

Johnson, who is enganged in a tough re-election fight against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), will deliver a speech on Tuesday, according to the updated speaker list revealed by the Republican National Committee on Sunday. Tuesday's theme will be "Make America Work Again," and Johnson's bio on the speaker list notes that the senator "is focused on reining in government spending and bringing jobs back to the people of Wisconsin

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on Sunday repeatedly said that Donald Trump has changed his position on banning Muslims from coming to the United States, even as CNN's Jake Tapper pointed out that Trump's position is confusing.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Tapper asked Priebus if Trump supports a complete ban on Muslims entering the country.

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The financial woes Donald Trump has caused for Republicans in the 2016 presidential cycle don't stop with his paltry fundraising.

Corporate sponsors have backed out of the Cleveland convention, leaving the organizers scrambling to ask prominent conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson to help fill their budget gap, according to a letter obtained by Politico.

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A report released on Wednesday revealed a series of creepy incidents between Republican Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham and at least 22 women working at or with the legislature, in which the lawmaker sexually harassed or made inappropriate physical contact with the women.

Over the course of about four years, Durham preyed on a 20-year-old campaign staffer, interns, young legislative employees and several lobbyists.

He harassed women over text message, peppering them with unsolicited requests to get drinks and attempting to get them alone. He made inappropriate and suggestive comments during conversations about legislative business. Durham often appeared drunk during the incidents and frequently offered the women drinks.

One woman described Durham's flirting as "aggressive." He made inappropriate comments about women's appearances, their clothes, and their breasts. The lawmaker also made unwanted physical contact with some of the women, such as lingering with a close hug and an out-of-the-blue kiss on the neck.

In compiling the report, the attorney general's office made more than 100 phone calls, conducted 78 interviews, and reviewed text messages. The report noted that many of the women did not initially report the incidents because they did not want to appear "untrustworthy."

Below are some of the creepiest, most inappropriate incidents detailed in the report:

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After Donald Trump postponed his Friday morning event to announce his running mate, citing the attack in Nice, France, it became less clear that the Republican candidate had made a final decision.

Reports on Thursday indicated that Trump had chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate, and Pence flew into New York City on Thursday, further fueling speculation.

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