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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

During a heated exchange with a Democratic senator, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday that the committee will debate on Thursday how Republicans are handling the prospect of President Obama nominating a Supreme Court justice.

Grassley appeared to be anticipating the chance Democrats committee members will get to lay into him at the previously scheduled Thursday meeting.

"If you want to hear a full-blown debate on this issue, I think we’ll probably have one before our committee tomorrow while we’re also considering three of four judges and a piece of legislation as well," Grassley said during a hearing with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to The Hill.

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A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Wednesday morning pushed back against yet another report indicating that members of the campaign are discussing whether Rubio should drop out before the primary in his home state of Florida.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning told CNN that he had a "conciliatory" phone conversation with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently.

"It was just very conciliatory. We get along well. I like him a lot. I respect him a lot. I think he respects me," Trump said, describing his call with Ryan. "I think he really does respect what I've done. He said it. It's amazing. He said it's amazing."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Ohio secretary of state over his decision not to let 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election vote in the presidential primary.

Sanders argued that Secretary of State Jon Husted discriminated against young black and Latino voters with the rule barring 17-year-olds from participating in the primary, according to the New York Times.

"It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people -- significantly African-American young people, Latino young people -- from participating," Sanders said in a statement, according to CNN.

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Donald Trump maintains a strong lead over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Florida Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 40 percent supported Trump while 24 percent supported Rubio. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 19 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich polled at 5 percent.

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Donald Trump maintains a modest lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Ohio Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 41 percent supported Trump while 35 percent supported Kasich. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 15 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio polled at 7 percent.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that judging by the state of the Republican presidential primary, Ronald Reagan himself would not be able to win the nomination.

"If Ronald Reagan were alive today seeking the nomination he could no more get the nomination of the Republican party than I could," Biden said in a question and answer session following a meeting with the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. "I'm not joking. What you see is this movement to the extreme in the Republican party."

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Tuesday accused Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign of carrying out more "dirty tricks" in the Republican presidential primary.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant on MSNBC said that Cruz's campaign tried to "undermine" Rubio by sending an email to voters in Hawaii highlighting a CNN report that some of Rubio's advisers were telling the Florida senator to get out of the race ahead of the Florida primary. The Rubio campaign has denied the CNN report.

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The Fox News town hall on Monday night with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton began as an attempt to set up a one-on-one debate between Sanders and Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on Tuesday morning.

Sanders agreed to the debate and the Trump campaign was interested in pursuing the debate at first, according to the Times. But Trump ultimately pulled out of the debate, citing scheduling conflicts, according to the Times.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning addressed a new routine he's introduced at rallies where he asks attendees to raise their right hands and pledge to vote for him, saying he didn't realize that some were offended by the gesture.

The former head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, called the pledge a "fascist gesture" and compared it to a Nazi salute. During an interview on NBC's "Today," co-host Savannah Guthrie told Trump about Foxman's comments and asked whether Trump would continue with the pledge.

"Well, I think it’s ridiculous. We’re having such a great time. Yesterday, I had 20,000 people in Mississippi. I had tremendous crowds in Michigan. And sometimes we’ll do it for fun, and they’ll start screaming at me, ‘Do the swear-in! Do the swear-in!’ They’re having such a great time," Trump said in response. "Honestly, until this phone call, I didn’t know it was a problem."

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