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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A top fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Gregory Slayton, called Donald Trump "DumbDumb" in a fundraising email and stands by his comment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls," Slayton, a venture capitalist and former consul general to Bermuda, wrote in the email. "He’s also a plain spoken member of the 99% (as opposed to someone pretending to be so)…and that will be a KSF in 2016."

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Friday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to run as a third-party candidate in the presidential race.

"I don't think he's going to do that. I think he knows that if you're going to beat Hillary Clinton — if Hillary Clinton is going to get beat, there's only one party that's going to beat her: It's the Republican Party," Priebus told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, according to The Hill.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said that it is not the appropriate time to discuss gun control policy following a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

"We are less than 24 hours out, we’ve got two families that need to bury their loved ones. We’ve got families waiting for their loved ones to leave the hospital and are praying for their recovery," Jindal said at a Friday press conference, according to The Hill. "There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and I’m sure that folks will want to score political points of this tragedy, as they’ve tried to do on previous tragedies."

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Donald Trump attempted to punish the Des Moines Register on Friday for publishing a critical editorial calling for the real estate mogul to to drop out of the presidential race.

The Iowa newspaper claimed on Friday that Trump barred one the paper's reporters and columnists from attending a Saturday event. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the paper that it had been denied press credentials because of the paper's Monday editorial, according to the Des Moines Register.

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John Russel Houser, the gunman who killed two people in a Louisiana movie theater before taking his own life on Thursday, was the subject of complaints filed to police in Alabama, but was not arrested for the offenses.

Russell County, Ala., Sheriff Heath Taylor told reporters on Friday afternoon that in 2005, Houser's wife filed a domestic violence complaint against her husband. However, Houser was never arrested or prosecuted.

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It's not yet clear why a gunman opened fire on Thursday in a Louisiana movie theater, killing two before committing suicide, but the online footprint of the alleged shooter leave a few clues about the man's potential views.

Police on Friday identified the shooter as John Russel Houser, a 59-year-old white man from Phenix City, Ala. Police described Houser as a "drifter" who had been staying at a Motel 6 in Lafayette since early July.

Police have not yet found a motive for the shooting and have not given any indication that Houser carried out the shooting due to political beliefs, but online profiles that appear linked to Houser reveal a man who may have held racist and extreme beliefs.

Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson told reporters on Friday that police were aware of online messages that many have been posted by Houser and were working to "put those pieces together." But Edmonson also noted that, "just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true."

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that police were "being very cautious with social media" as they try to sort fact from fiction.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) suspended his presidential campaign after a gunman killed two people and then himself in a Lafayette, La., movie theater on Thursday night, Fox News reported Friday morning.

Jindal confirmed that he suspended his campaign on "Fox and Friends," but he did not specify for how long he would suspend campaign events.

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Police in Lafayette, La., have identified the gunman who opened fire Thursday night in a local movie theater as John Russel Houser.

The shooter killed two people and injured nine before taking his own life.

Officials described Houser, a 59-year-old white male, as a "drifter." They said he had been living in Alabama, but was staying at a hotel in Louisiana since early July.

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