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

A new television ad from the Donald Trump campaign shows clips of Hillary Clinton coughing and falling as she was leaving a 9/11 memorial ceremony, charging that the Democratic nominee lacks the "fortitude" and "stamina" to be president.

The 30-second spot titled "dangerous" begins with an announcer saying, "Our next president faces daunting challenges in a dangerous world." The narrator then lists foreign threats to the United States, like the Islamic State and North Korea.

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Buckle up because the Donald Trump you've been seeing is apparently the restrained, toned-down version.

After publishing tweets Tuesday lashing out at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for announcing that he'll no longer campaign with Donald Trump, the Republican nominee followed up with a tweet saying he's glad "the shackles have been taken off me."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning continued to lash out at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), setting himself up to blame a loss in November on a lack of support from Ryan and other members of the GOP establishment.

Following the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women, Ryan said he would no longer campaign with Trump, but he stopped short of pulling his endorsement. And Trump has latched onto those comments, rallying his base to support him over Ryan.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, Trump warned that the speaker's lack of support could hurt the GOP nominee's chances in November.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday told the audience at an event held by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce in Kentucky that he would not discuss Donald Trump.

“If any of you are here are thinking I’m going to elaborate on the presidential debate, let me disabuse you of that notion,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “If you’re interested in anything else, please stay. If you’re interested in the presidential election, you might as well get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.”

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Mark Burnett, the executive producer of "The Apprentice" said on Monday that he does not have the legal authority to release unaired footage from the show due to requirements spelled out in contracts for the show.

Burnett also denied reports that he has threatened to sue any employees who leak footage from "The Apprentice."

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In a Monday phone call, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus assured RNC members that the party will continue to support Donald Trump's campaign despite the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women.

According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Priebus said on the call that the party has not changed its coordinated campaign efforts for the presidential race.

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After his comment during the Sunday debate that if he were president, Hillary Clinton would "be in jail," Donald Trump on Monday afternoon again brought up his plan to assign a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

As the crowd at his rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, chanted, "Locker her up," Trump said, "Special prosecutor, here we go, right?”

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Mike Pence on Monday morning applauded Donald Trump's comment during the Sunday night debate that if he is elected president, he will have a special prosecutor investigate Hillary Clinton and that she will "be in jail."

"I don’t know why — what the FBI was considering doing six months ago sounds like that to you or to any of your viewers," Pence said on MSNBC when asked about Trump's remark, adding that the FBI considered investigating the Clinton Foundation.

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Will there be more to come?

With hundreds of hours of TV airtime to his credit over more than three decades, Donald Trump is vulnerable to a drip, drip, drip of more revelations of crude and inappropriate behavior caught on camera, even if it falls short of the blockbuster Access Hollywood video unearthed last week.

The single greatest cache of Trump video may be from his years on The Apprentice, including video never before aired. Those outtakes are hard to come by because the show's executive producer, Mark Burnett, has locked them down and warned he'll sue anyone who leaks them.

But Burnett employed a transcription service for the show, and the transcripts sometimes included unaired material, including comments from Trump, the Huffington Post reported Monday.

A transcript from the taping of a 2010 episode of "The Apprentice" obtained by the Huffington Post shows Donald Trump criticizing a singer's skin in an unaired moment.

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