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.

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Lauren Fox contributed reporting.

Following the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, conservatives shook their heads at Donald Trump's refusal to commit to accepting the November election results.

On MSNBC, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said Trump "hit himself in the head and knocked himself out" with his answer on accepting election results.

"It is outside the norm of American political rhetoric to express a contingent acceptance of the result," Hewitt said. "He might have phrased it in a way that said, if there is a state that is contested by a small number of votes, I will, like Al Gore, contest that state. But he didn't say that. The contingent nature of his commitment to the results is unsettling to many people."

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During the final presidential debate Wednesday night, Donald Trump was grilled on his personal foundation following reports that he used his charity's money to settle personal legal disputes and to buy a portrait of himself.

Hillary Clinton brought up the Trump Foundation while defending the Clinton Foundation and its work in Haiti.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien did not seem impressed by Donald Trump's campaign in a Wednesday interview, dissing the Republican nominee's intelligence.

"When Hillary had pneumonia, there are pills to help you against pneumonia, but apparently there is no pill against something like stupidity," he said in an interview at a fundraiser for St. Francis Xavier University when asked about Trump's campaign.

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Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday said that she does not believe there will be widespread voter fraud in the November election, despite Trump's repeated warnings about voter fraud and an election "rigged" against him.

"No, I do not believe that. So absent overwhelming evidence that there is, it would not be for me to say that there is," Conway told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle when asked if she thinks there will be widespread voter fraud in November. "We know in the past, we know that people who are dead are still on the voter rolls, we know that people are voting a couple of different times in places. So you do hear reports here and there, but I think Donald Trump's point is a larger one."

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President Obama on Tuesday said that Donald Trump's "flattery" of Russian President Vladimir Putin is "unprecedented," and he called out Republicans who criticized the administration's approach to Russia and then turned around and endorse Trump's position on Putin.

"Mr. Trump's continued flattery of Mr. Putin and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approaches to politics on Mr. Putin is unprecedented in American politics. And is out of step with not just what Democrats think, but out of step with what, up until the last few months, almost every Republican thought, including some of the ones who are now endorsing Mr. Trump," Obama said when asked about Trump's comments about Putin during a press conference with the Italian prime minister.

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When asked on Monday whether he is proud of the campaign Donald Trump is running, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump surrogate who is leading the campaign's transition team and helping with debate prep, avoided weighing in on Trump's recent rhetoric and said that he can only control his own comments.

"For me, the person who needs most to be concerned about the kind of campaign they’re running is the candidate. Because it’s the candidate’s campaign. It’s not my campaign. It’s not Jeff Sessions’ campaign. It’s not Rudy Giuliani’s campaign. We’re surrogates," Christie told NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell in an interview that aired Tuesday morning on MSNBC. "And I’m proud of everything I’ve said and that’s all I can control. The rest of it I can’t control."

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After actor Gary Busey allegedly groped a female staffer during a shoot for 2011 season of "Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump merely told the actor to stay away from the employee and did not further discipline Busey, the Daily Beast reported late Wednesday.

According to five "Apprentice" employees, including the victim, Busey grabbed a female staffer "firmly between [the] legs," put his hands on her breasts, and then put her hand over his crotch while the show was in Manhattan filming an episode. Several staffers on the show witnessed the alleged incident, and one staffer intervened when Busey allegedly groped the female employee, according to the "Apprentice" employees who spoke to the Daily Beast.

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The chair of the Michigan Republican party removed the party's grassroots vice chair, Wendy Day, on Monday over Day's decision not to back Donald Trump's presidential bid, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Upon seeking advice from our legal counsel, and recognizing that our Grassroots Vice Chair is unable to fulfill the duties of her office, I am declaring the position ... vacant," Michigan GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel wrote in an email to state GOP committee members, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Donald Trump on Monday said that it's possible that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) does not want him to win the presidential race because of Ryan's own political ambitions.

"Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win," Trump told ABC News when asked if he believes Ryan wants him to win in November.

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