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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

After a local Border Patrol union in Laredo, Texas, pulled out of its Thursday tour of the U.S.-Mexico border with Donald Trump, the real estate mogul blamed the cancellation on "pressure at the national level."

"The National Border Patrol Council, Local 2455 in Laredo, Texas, invited Mr. Trump to be their guest and then they were silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border — every bit as bad as Mr. Trump has been saying," Trump said in a statement released on Thursday morning.

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A Border Patrol union in Laredo, Texas, will no longer meet with Donald Trump during his Thursday visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a statement from the union released on Thursday morning.

"After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump," Hector Gaza, the president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 in Laredo said in a statement.

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NASA announced this week that it will share news on Thursday from the Kepler Space Telescope project hinting that NASA may have found an earth-like planet.

"The first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered in 1995. Exoplanets, especially small Earth-size worlds, belonged within the realm of science fiction just 21 years ago. Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years -- another Earth," a NASA press release about the Thursday news conference reads.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday hinted that he may run as a third-party candidate if he continues to be treated poorly by the Republican National Committee.

"The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy," he told The Hill in an interview published Thursday morning. "The RNC has been, I think, very foolish."

Trump said he would continue to monitor the race and how the Republican party acts toward him.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night sat down with former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for an interview on same-sex marriage, which led to a heated debate over the Supreme Court's recent ruling that gay couples have the right to marry.

Santorum told Maddow that the Supreme Court "is not a superior branch of government" and argued that Congress can still pass a law regarding same-sex marriage.

Yet Maddow insisted that Congress could only pass a constitutional amendment that directly contradicts a Supreme Court ruling. Santorum disagreed and said that all three branches of government can determine what is constitutional.

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Hillary Clinton's performance against three Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado dropped over the past few months, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on Wednesday.

In Iowa, Clinton trails Rubio by eight points, Bush by six points, and Walker by eight points among voters in the state. And 56 percent of Iowa voters viewed Clinton unfavorably.

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After Donald Trump recited fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) phone number in front of a crowd in South Carolina, Graham's cell phone has been flooded with calls. But the senator seems to be taking the incident in stride.

Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe spotted Graham at a movie theater in Washington, D.C. on his way to see "Minions" with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and her children. Graham said that he has been answering many of the calls that come in, many of which have been positive, according to the Washington Post.

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