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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

Fox News host Bret Baier says that it's not "comfortable" for him that former CEO Roger Ailes advises Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

"It’s not a comfortable thing, but I’m an independent news guy and I know talking to other people in the news part of Fox that is how it has always been and we’ve always had the bottom up to generate news, to break stories, and so that’s how we look at it, independent of whatever’s happening on that front," Baier told Politico in an interview published Tuesday.

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Conservative radio host Mark Levin announced on Tuesday night that he will vote for Donald Trump in November, despite his previous statements that he would never support the real estate mogul.

"I'm gonna vote for Donald Trump. I'm gonna wind up voting for Donald Trump on election day," Levin said on his radio show. "I take no responsibility for the dumb things he says or the dumb things his surrogates say."

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During a discussion Tuesday night about Donald Trump's attempt to reach out to black voters with a visit to Detroit, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly asked the Republican nominee if his past comments questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States hurt him with black voters.

"Do you think your birther position has hurt you among African-Americans?" O'Reilly asked.

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Hillary Clinton on Monday hinted that there may be a link between the recent cyber attacks on Democratic campaign groups and Donald Trump's candidacy.

"If you find a turtle on a fence post, it didn't get there by accident," she told reporters Monday when asked if Russia was trying to help Trump, according to NBC News. "I think it's quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee."

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Donald Trump still won't offer many specifics on his plan for addressing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The Republican nominee delivered a speech last week where he said that if undocumented immigrants want to gain legal status in the U.S., they must leave the country and then return. But in two interviews on Monday, Trump seemed unsure about his plan for undocumented immigrants who have not committed additional crimes upon arriving in the U.S.

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In another sign the presidential race is tightening, Donald Trump now holds a lead among likely voters, in both a head-to-head match up with Hillary Clinton and in a four-way race with third party candidates, according to the new CNN/ORC national poll.

Trump leads Clinton by one point, 49-48, among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup. When third party candidates are added to the question Trump leads Clinton by two points, 45-43, among likely voters, with Johnson at 7 points and Stein at 2 points.

This was the first CNN/ORC poll of the general election to filter for likely voters. Clinton had consistently lead in the previous CNN/ORC polls of registered voters, except for a poll immediately following the Republican convention when Trump saw a bounce.

In the broader pool of registered voters, Clinton still leads, though more narrowly than before, according to the poll. In a head-to-head matchup among registered voters, Clinton leads Trump by two points, 48-46, down from her 52-43 lead over Trump in the CNN/ORC poll released in early August. When third party candidates are added to the question, Clinton leads Trump by three points, 44-41, among registered voters, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 points and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 points.

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Eric Trump seems surprised that Donald Trump's Wednesday night speech on immigration prompted several members of the campaign's Hispanic Advisory Council to withdraw their support, noting that his father has been "consistent" on his immigration policy.

When asked Friday on "Fox and Friends" about the advisers' resignations, Eric Trump said it "is actually pretty amazing considering the speech was actually very consistent and he has been very, very consistent with his plan."

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