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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

With help from a viewer, an obviously delighted Rachel Maddow discovered on Thursday that Donald Trump's doctor exaggerated his credentials in the signature of his letter about the Republican nominee's health.

Harold Bornstein is the gastroenterologist who declared Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." He was once a fellow at the American College of Gastroenterologists, and signed his letter vouching for Trump's good health using an abbreviation still defining him as a fellow at the association.

But Bornstein's membership with the group lapsed in 1995, Maddow learned.

When asked by MSNBC about using the title in his signature without maintaining membership, Bornstein said that the title "has no value" but that he will continue to use it.

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Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Friday morning that Trump made the decision himself to express regret on Thursday evening over some of his comments that have caused "personal pain."

"He was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said, and that’s all him. He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen. So that was a decision he made, those were his words," Conway told ABC's David Muir. "And I hope everybody who has criticized him at some point, David, for being insensitive or for mocking someone, at least show some recognition and some forgiveness."

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While defending the conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health pushed by the Donald Trump campaign recently, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson on Thursday claimed that Clinton suffers from dysphasia, a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to speak and understand language.

Pierson first noted that Trump himself has "said that she doesn’t have the strength or the stamina for a very long time." Trump on Monday said that Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face."

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Hackers targeted the Donald Trump campaign and Republican groups, in addition to compromising Democratic campaign groups, Reuters reported on Thursday.

At least one Trump staffer's email was hit with malware in 2015, but it's otherwise unclear whether the Trump campaign's computer system was compromised, according to Reuters.

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Late update 6:01 p.m.: The City of Baltimore has terminated its contract with Allen, the New York Daily News reported.

“None of the historical facts and alleged facts recently publicized about Mr. Allen’s political views and affiliations were disclosed or discussed when his contract was agreed to,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office said in a statement. “The Law Department does not as a general practice question it’s [sic] hired or contract attorneys about their political views."

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A lawyer recently hired by the city of Baltimore to defend police in a wrongful murder conviction suit has ties to a neo-Nazi group, according to an investigation from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published on Wednesday.

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During a Thursday morning panel discussion on CNN, contributor S.E. Cupp shut down a Donald Trump adviser for claiming that the campaign is reaching out to women voters, telling the adviser that she is living in a "fantasy land."

While discussing the recent Trump campaign staff shake-up, Cupp noted that the campaign still doesn't seem to be reaching out to women and minorities.

"There's no outreach anymore. It's as if he's given up on them. And I just wonder if there are enough old male guy— old white guys in the country to elect him. I don't think so," she said.

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Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway said Thursday morning that she still wants Trump to be himself, but that the campaign plans on having the nominee focus more on substance.

"I think we're going to sharpen the message. And we're going to make sure Donald Trump is comfortable about being in his own skin, that he doesn't lose that authenticity that you simply can't buy and a pollster can't give you. Voters know if you're comfortable in your own skin. Let him be him in this sense," Conway said on CNN's "New Day" when asked how she will run the Trump campaign differently.

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