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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Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

In a speech on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called for more civility in politics, slamming the divisive and ugly rhetoric that has dominated the presidential election cycle.

Ryan did not mention the presidential campaign or Donald Trump, but warned against playing into voters' "anxieties" and insulting opponents.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday rejected Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) call for police to patrol Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of the attacks in Brussels, arguing that "the last thing we need is more polarization," according to the New York Times.

Kasich told reporters at a press conference that "we don’t want to create divisions where we say, ‘O.K., well your religion, you’re a Muslim, so therefore we’re going to keep an eye on you,'" according to the New York Times.

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Updated at 7:55 a.m. ET

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign on Wednesday morning, urging Republicans in a statement to prevent Donald Trump from securing the nomination.

"Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests," Bush said in a statement, according to Politico.

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Clare Lopez, a national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign, earlier this month said the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) was "spot on" about communists infiltrating the United States government in the 1950s.

Lopez, a vice president at anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy, made the comments during an interview with South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley, where she warned of the Muslim Brotherhood's "infiltration at the highest levels of our national security," according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch on Monday.

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Updated at 3:23 p.m. ET

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday called for police in the United States to patrol Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of the attacks in Brussels.

"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized," the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement laying out how he would respond to terrorism.

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday condemned Donald Trump's Monday night comments criticizing President Obama during a speech at an AIPAC conference.

"We say unequivocally that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of America from our stage," AIPAC president Lillian Pinkus said on Tuesday, reading from a written statement at the conference, according to Politico. "While we may have policy differences, we deeply respect the office of the president of the United States and our president, Barack Obama."

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Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

Following the attacks in Belgium on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) renewed his call for the United States to stop accepting refugees from Syria.

"We need to immediately halt the President's ill-advised plan to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees. Our vetting programs are woefully insufficient," Cruz said during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday offered his prayers for the people of Belgium following two deadly explosions in Brussels, and he called on Americans to "redouble our efforts" to find the "perpetrators of such acts of evil."

"I want to express my solidarity with the people of Belgium in the aftermath of the attacks that took place in Brussels. Along with every American, I am sickened by the pictures of the carnage, by the injuries and by the loss of life," Kasich said in a statement. "The wave of terror that has been unleashed in Europe and elsewhere around the world are attacks against our very way of life and against the democratic values upon which our political systems have been built."

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