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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

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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NBC's "Today" show parted ways with Billy Bush on Monday following the host's suspension over a 2005 tape in which he and Donald Trump can be heard making lewd comments about women.

"While he was a new member of the TODAY team, he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward," Senior Vice President Noah Oppenheim said in an internal memo to staff on Monday.

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During a private fundraiser last week, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) openly expressed concern that Donald Trump's candidacy could depress voter turnout and hurt candidates down-ballot, according to audio obtained by CNN.

"We never thought that the House was in jeopardy, that we could lose 30 seats in the House," Heck said. "If the current trajectory continues that becomes a possibility."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Monday announced that it will boost its coordinated efforts in Arizona, an historically red state, with more than $2 million for ads, as well as mail and digital ads.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on a call with reporters that the state would still be an "uphill climb" for the campaign, but that Donald Trump's recent rhetoric has put the state in play.

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Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been very involved in the Republican nominee's campaign, met with an investor about possibly launching a Trump television network, the Financial Times reported Monday morning.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, met with Aryeh Bourkoff, the founder and CEO of the investment bank LionTree, some time within the past couple of months, the Financial Times reported, citing three unnamed sources.

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