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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's comfortable lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary was diminished slightly over the course of the week, though he still leads the race by 19 percentage points, according to a University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

Trump earned 34 percent support among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, down 4 percentage points since the first UMass tracking poll released on Monday.

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The gap between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire has narrowed over the course of the week, though Sanders still holds a comfortable lead in the key early state, according to the University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

In the Friday poll, Sanders earned 55 percent support and Clinton earned 40 percent support among likely Democratic voters in the state. Since the UMass tracking poll released on Thursday, Clinton jumped 4 percentage points while Sanders dropped 3 percentage points.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday joked about his mother's disciplinary style during a campaign event in New Hampshire.

He said that former First Lady Barbara Bush is "not as great as everybody thinks she is," according to Politico.

"I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child-abuse hotline available," Bush told the crowd, according to Politico.

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday slammed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign for disseminating reports that Ben Carson was planning to drop out of the race during the Iowa caucuses.

"Cruz did some questionable things," Branstad told Radio Iowa. "This thing that they distributed on caucus night saying that Dr. Carson was likely to drop out and his supporters should support Cruz, that is, I think, unethical and unfair and I think there’ll be repercussions to that."

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Updated at 2:47 p.m.

The Des Moines Register editorial board on Thursday called on the Iowa Democratic Party to conduct an audit of its caucuses, declaring in a headline, "Something smells in the Democratic Party."

The board wrote that now that questions have been raised about chaos at precincts and coin flips used to determine the winner in some locations, they can’t stomach "the whiff of impropriety or error." The paper wrote:

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday joined the criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) following reports that the Cruz campaign told Iowa caucusgoers that Carson was dropping out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon just had plans for a quick trip to Florida for a fresh set of clothes.

"Obviously we’ve all seen the reports of the rumors that he spread about Ben Carson, and we know those weren’t accurate. And I thought it was unfair to Ben," Rubio said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday criticized President Obama's speech at a mosque, citing it as an example of Obama's tendency to pit Americans "against each other."

The President on Wednesday visited a mosque in Maryland, where he told Muslim-Americans that they are an important part of American society and condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans that has no place in our country."

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Donald Trump on Wednesday briefly discussed President Obama's trip to a mosque, noting that the President chose to visit a mosque when "there are a lot of places he can go."

During an interview on Fox News' "On The Record," host Greta Van Susteren asked for Trump's thoughts on Obama's trip, where the President condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans."

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When asked on Wednesday about Donald Trump's claims that he committed fraud during the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not hold back.

The Texas senator tore into Trump for hurling insults at his fellow Republican presidential candidates every time he doesn't get his way.

Trump on Wednesday accused Cruz of committing "fraud" in Iowa, citing claims that Cruz's campaign told Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, urging them instead to vote for Cruz. Trump said that Cruz's victory in the Iowa caucus should be "nullified."

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Updated at 9:03 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2016

A Republican state representative in New Hampshire on Wednesday submitted testimony to a state House committee hearing arguing that giving public assistance to Muslims amounts to treason.

State Rep. Ken Weyler submitted the testimony for a hearing on a bill he co-sponsored that would prohibit "any member of a foreign terrorist organization from receiving public assistance, medical assistance, or food stamps."

But Weyler's testimony went way farther than the bill purports to go.

"Giving public benefits to any person or family that practices Islam is aiding and abetting the enemy. That is treason," Weyler wrote in his testimony, according to a copy of the testimony submitted by Weyler and provided to TPM by the state House Democrats' office.

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