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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 Friday night endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in his Republican primary after he was criticized for declining to do so earlier in the week.

"In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan," Trump said at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "He’s a good man, and he’s a good guy."

"And we may disagree on a couple of things, but mostly we agree, and we’re gonna get it done. We’re going to do a lot of wonderful things," he added.

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Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Thursday that he told Donald Trump that he needs to be more disciplined in order to win the presidency -- or else the United States will wind up as a banana republic under Hillary Clinton.

"I told him one word: discipline,” LePage said on the Howie Carr Show, according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News. “He said, ‘what do you mean?’ I said, ‘From here on out, everybody’s gonna wanna try to trip you so you gotta have discipline. He said, ‘oh, I get it. I get it.’”

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Amidst coverage of its involvement with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and pressure from advocacy groups, AARP on Thursday told Politico that it will not renew its membership with the conservative group.

"We will not renew our membership to ALEC. AARP will continue to explore avenues that will enhance our interaction with organizations and elected officials that represent different perspectives in order to further the issues important to Americans 50+ and their families," AARP said in a statement to Politico's Playbook, after the outlet asked if the organization would renew its membership with ALEC.

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George Zimmerman told police over the weekend that he was punched in the face in a Florida restaurant after mentioning that he killed Trayvon Martin, according to police records.

Zimmerman called 911 dispatchers to report the incident and request assistance from police, according to the 911 transcript obtained by Orlando television station WFTV.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning admitted that he did not see footage of American cash being delivered to Iran after claiming at least twice that he saw video of the cash being unloaded off a plane.

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Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) said on Thursday that because he thinks Donald Trump is a "sociopath" he may wind up voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

"I am ever more confirmed in my belief that Trump is a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse. And he is pathologically insecure, recklessly attacking anyone who does not confirm him as the best there is," Humphrey told NBC News in an email. "To imagine Trump in charge of our armed forces at a moment of crisis is frightening."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that his endorsement of Donald Trump does not give the Republican nominee "blank checks."

The comment came while Ryan was addressing Trump's hesitance to endorse him in his primary.

"The only endorsements that I want are those of my own employers here in the First Congressional District. And that's really what my focus is," Ryan said on Wisconsin radio station WTAQ about Trump's snub before pivoting to his own endorsement of the GOP nominee.

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