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

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday confirmed that he has been unable to pay his presidential campaign staffers, but seemed confident that his campaign will be able to compensate those staffers in the future.

"Have I been able to for the last week? No," he said on CNN's "New Day" when asked about reports that he has been unable to pay his campaign. "We’ve got a lot of young people that are volunteering for us and I greatly appreciate their commitment to the cause. And as the dollars come in, we’ll appropriately take care of those that are working with us on a paid status."

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During a visit to the Navajo Nation on Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was met with protesters upset about a toxic waste spill at a Colorado mine that contaminated the San Juan River.

Protesters held signs that read "McCain = Indian Killer" and "McCain's Not Welcome Here" as the senator joined Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for celebrations at Navajo Code Talker Day in Window Rock, Arizona, according to Phoenix television station KPNX.

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After the owner of a Florida gun store came under scrutiny for declaring his shop a "Muslim-free zone," George Zimmerman decided to help the store with a fundraiser selling Confederate flag prints.

Andrew Hallinan, the owner of Florida Gun Supply, announced the fundraiser in a Monday video. He said that both the Confederate flag and George Zimmerman were "mistreated" by the media, though he acknowledged that the Confederate battle flag has been used by racists.

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Mike Huckabee was very clear on Thursday that he would not criticize Donald Trump -- or any other candidate -- to ensure his support if the former Arkansas governor wins the Republican presidential primary.

On Fox News' "America's Newsroom," host Bill Hemmer listed the Republican candidates who have launched attacks against Trump and asked Huckabee when he would do the same.

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After Donald Trump said that Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" during the Republican debate, Fox News hasn't made much reference to the comment that nearly caused a rift between the real estate mogul and the cable network.

Yet, "The Five" co-host Eric Bolling managed to slip in a reference during a segment on Kim Kardashian. While discussing Kardashian's promotion of medication without listing the side effects, Bolling offered a few possible symptoms she could have listed.

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Jeb Bush was forced to end a town hall event in Nevada early after Black Lives Matter activists interrupted the event by chanting at the former Florida governor and his supporters.

After Bush answered numerous questions at the town hall, protesters began to shout "Black Lives Matter," while a few of Bush's supporters responded with "All Lives Matter" chants, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Donald Trump explained his love for Twitter this week.

During an interview that aired Wednesday night, Fox News' Sean Hannity asked the real estate mogul whether he would still stay up in 1:00 a.m. on Twitter if elected president.

"Well, probably a little bit less, but I’ll tell you, it’s pretty amazing. I do get my point across," Trump said in response. "For years, if somebody did bad stuff to me, I couldn’t fight back. Now I have @realDonaldTrump, and I can sort of tweet some bad stuff about them. And if people like it, it’s all over the world."

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Carly Fiorina, who has been criticizing Donald Trump for his comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly, said that The Donald is not the only politician who makes unfair comments.

During an interview with GQ Magazine published on Wednesday, Fiorina responded to a question about how Trump talks about women. She said she feels she needs to criticize some of Trump's comments, and used the opportunity to slip in a reference to President Obama.

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The attempt to oust three conservative school board members in a Colorado county is drawing the interest of outside groups, including the the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, and may turn the local conflict into a national proxy fight over education issues like school choice, teacher pay and curriculum.

With the interest of Americans for Prosperity and the Independence Institute, a conservative group based on Colorado, the closely watched recall election in Jefferson County, Colorado, could take on outsize importance.

Jefferson County received national attention last year when the conservative school board majority set out to review the AP U.S. History curriculum and ensure that the course didn't "encourage or condone civil disorder." Even though the school board eventually scuttled the plan, opposition to the conservative majority has grown in the county among parents frustrated with the board's actions.

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