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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

Donald Trump on Tuesday morning complained that during the Monday night debate, his microphone was malfunctioning and that the volume was lower than that of Hillary Clinton's microphone.

"I had a problem with a microphone that didn't work," he said on "Fox and Friends." "My microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose? My microphone, in the room they couldn't hear me, you know, it was going on and off. Which isn't exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way, but it was terrible."

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After the Monday night presidential debate, Donald Trump boasted that he decided against mentioning Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the debate, and his allies cheered the move as a display of restraint and excellent temperament.

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, on Tuesday morning said that Trump displayed "great temperament and restraint" by choosing not to mention Bill Clinton's sex scandals during the debate.

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Conway said that Hillary Clinton sometimes looked "glib" while Trump was speaking during the debate before pivoting to Trump's decision not to bring up Bill Clinton.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) last week wished Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany's anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, good luck in the Berlin elections in a tweet lamenting "cultural suicide by demographic transformation."

The tweet included a photo of himself with Petry and Geert Wilders, an anti-Muslim Dutch politician.

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Even if Donald Trump puts his best foot forward at the debate Monday night, it appears that his Republican cheerleaders are not prepared to tone down their rhetoric.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is ready with conspiracy theories about Clinton's health, wondering in a tweet whether the Democratic nominee would be "on her meds or off her meds."

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Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday morning insisted that Trump did not lie when he said last week that NBC's Lester Holt is a Democrat because the Republican nominee did not know that Holt is actually registered as a Republican.

I don’t know that he knew what Lester Holt’s voter registration was," Conway said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked about Trump's claim.

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Donald Trump on Friday in a stunning reversal, the Texas senator said on Saturday that his decision to back the Republican nominee was "agonizing," according to the Washington Post.

"Any path we took, if I supported Donald, if I didn't support Donald, the criticism was going to be there," Cruz said during a forum held by the Texas Tribune, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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After Donald Trump published a tweet on Saturday threatening to invite Gennifer Flowers to the first presidential debate, his campaign on Sunday said that Flowers would not be at the debate as Trump's guest.

"Donald Trump’s tweet was really mocking the fact that Hillary Clinton was trying to distract attention away from this moment in our national life," Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said on "Fox News Sunday." "Gennifer Flowers will not be attending the debate tomorrow night."

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