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

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a vulnerable Republican senator in a tough re-election fight against Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), says that his efforts to separate his campaign from Donald Trump's presidential run have paid off.

"It's helped because I'm a very independent voice for Illinois," Kirk told CNN in an interview published on Monday.

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During a speech in Denver Friday Donald Trump lamented that the Islamic State thinks the United States is "stupid" and charged that Hillary Clinton would be a "weak" president.

Trump, who renewed his calls for torture in the wake of the attacks in Istanbul, complained that while Islamic State terrorists carry out beheadings, the United States has ended its practice of waterboarding.

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The National Basketball Association on Thursday said that that it does not support a draft proposal floated by North Carolina Republicans to change parts of the state's new anti-LGBT law.

"We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature," the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets said in a statement. "We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all. We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward. There has been no new decision made regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game."

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During a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump fielded a question from a member of the audience about replacing TSA employees wearing "Hibby-Jobbies" with military veterans.

"Why aren't we putting our retirees, our military retirees on that border or in TSA, get rid of all these 'hibby-jobbies' they wear at TSA -- I've seen them myself?" a woman identified by CBS News as Cathy Chevalier, asked, likely referring to hijabs.

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After Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said he was confident that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will endorse Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator insisted that he is still not ready to back the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"I talked to Joe, I think it was three weeks ago," Sanders said on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" when asked about Biden's comment. "On that issue, we are trying to work with Secretary Clinton’s campaign on areas that we can agree on."

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After several days of silence regarding the Supreme Court's ruling against a Texas anti-abortion law, Donald Trump on Thursday finally weighed in on the decision and claimed that such a ruling would not occur if he were to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.

"Now if we had — Scalia was living or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that. Okay? It would’ve been the opposite," Trump told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher.

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