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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

Oh, Larry King, you trickster you.

The Donald Trump campaign is scrambling to explain how the GOP nominee ended up on Russia-backed TV Thursday night, and they're trying to get Larry King to take the fall.

A Trump spokeswoman told Bloomberg News' Kevin Cirilli that the Republican nominee agreed to a phone interview for King's podcast, and that he was unaware the interview would appear on Russian Television.

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Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday defended Donald Trump's most recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling CNN that Putin is a "stronger leader" than President Obama.

Pence said that Trump was speaking "boldly" on Wednesday when he said that Putin is a leader "far more than our president has been a leader."

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Donald Trump on Thursday night appeared on Larry King's show on Russian state-backed network RT America, where the Republican nominee said that it's "unlikely" that Russia is trying to influence the United States' election in November.

"I think it's probably unlikely. Maybe the Democrats are putting that out -- who knows," Trump said on RT America's "Politicking" when asked about reports that U.S. officials are investigating whether Russia is attempting to influence the election.

"If they are doing something, I hope that somebody's going to be able to find out so they can end it. Because that would not be appropriate at all," Trump added.

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The Donald Trump campaign announced on Thursday that the campaign and its joint fundraising efforts with the Republican National Committee raised a total of $90 million in August and began September with a total of $97 million cash-on-hand.

As has been typical for the Trump campaign, the statement on fundraising totals did not reveal how much the Trump campaign alone raised in the month of August, nor did it reveal the campaign's cash-on-hand. Official fundraising reports for the month of August filed to the FEC will not be available until later in September.

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House Democrats on Wednesday released an email exchange between Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton in which Powell explains how he used a personal computer to do some of his state department work.

"I didn’t have a BlackBerry. What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers," Powell, who served as secretary of state for four years under President George W. Bush, wrote in a January 2009 email to Clinton.

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Kennesaw State University officials on Tuesday warned students that "unauthorized" individuals were "targeting particular student populations" on the Georgia campus with a voter registration drive, indicating that those voter registration forms could be fake, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

In an alert sent to students, Michael Sanseviro, the school's dean of students, said that "unauthorized individuals are walking around with clipboards claiming they are registering students to vote," according to the Journal-Constitution. He said that these individuals "are targeting particular student populations."

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During a Wednesday interview on MSNBC, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, would not say whether he believes Donald Trump is prepared to be president and commander in chief.

"Do you have confidence in Donald Trump's abilities as it relates to being commander in chief?" MSNBC's Hallie Jackson asked Thornberry.

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The Justice Department is accusing the state of Texas of defying a federal court order by misleading voters and poll workers about the state's voter ID law requirements in advance of November's elections.

In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department asked a federal judge to order Texas to correct information it is circulating about its voter ID law, accusing the state of offering poor explanations to voters and poll workers about the updated requirements for voting, the Texas Tribune reported.

"Voters are receiving in accurate or misleading information that suggests they will not be able to cast ballots that count in November. Limited funds are being used on inaccurate materials," the filing reads.

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Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday knocked Donald Trump for attacking Hillary Clinton over her ties to the Clinton Foundation, suggesting it was a ploy to distract from Trump's "pay to play" troubles with Trump University in Florida.

"They’re gonna accuse me of pay to play in Florida. I think I’ll accuse her of it," Bill Clinton told the crowd at a rally in Orlando, impersonating Trump.

The Trump Foundation improperly gave a group supporting Pam Bondi, the attorney general in Florida, a $25,000 donation in 2013. The donation came after Bondi's office decided not to join a lawsuit against Trump University. Trump also later held a fundraiser for Bondi at his Florida estate, Mar-A-Lago.

Trump has repeatedly tried to paint Hillary Clinton as corrupt, accusing her of doing favors for Clinton Foundation donors while she was secretary of state.

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In what could be a telling sign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee cancelled an ad buy set for the end of September in the Florida Senate race, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Republicans seized on the move as evidence that Democrats were "bailing" on Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) in his race against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), according to The Miami Herald.

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