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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

After Donald Trump mocked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) 2015 freak accident that partially blinded him, Reid came back swinging with a statement attacking Trump's business style and charity.

In a Wednesday night interview, the Washington Post asked Trump about Reid's comment earlier this week that Trump is "not slim and trim."

"Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces," Trump responded, appearing to reference Reid's 2015 injury.

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Donald Trump Jr. on Friday morning repeatedly insisted that his father has said that President Obama was born in the United States, despite the Republican nominee's refusal to do so when asked Wednesday night.

"Why can’t he and won’t he say that President Obama was born in the U.S.?" George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," asked Trump Jr. on Friday, referencing Trump's interview with the Washington Post.

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In a much-hyped interview aired Thursday on the daytime television show "Dr. Oz," Donald Trump made a play to be transparent about his health but used much of his time to boast about his stamina and answer softball questions.

The show, which was taped Wednesday, was the centerpiece of the Trump campaign's effort to try to be transparent about the GOP nominee's health after
Hillary Clinton's campaign announced she had pneumonia. That Sunday announcement, which came two days after Clinton's actual diagnosis, prompted Trump to promise to release his medical records.

In the zany days since then, Trump's camp and Dr. Mehmet Oz gave conflicting statements about just what medical information would be unveiled during Trump's special appearance on the show. The spectacle reached a fever pitch Wednesday afternoon as news outlets scrambled to interview members of the "Dr. Oz" audience about what went down during Trump's appearance.

In the end, Trump's big health reveal amounted to the interview with Oz and the release of a one-page letter from his long-time doctor, the same one who wrote last year that Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

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Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R), who was expelled from the state House on Tuesday after a damning report on his alleged sexual misconduct, is now raising the prospect of suing the state over his expulsion.

Durham told Nashville, Tennessee, television station WTVF on Wednesday that he is considering suing the state but has not "decided completely." He said that the state house decision to expel him during the special session was "unconstitutional."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Wednesday evening that the Bridgegate scandal likely contributed to Donald Trump's decision not to select him to be his running mate.

"I'm sure it was a factor," Christie said on MSNBC when asked how much Bridgegate factored into Trump's decision on his vice president.

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House Republican leaders and conservative hardliners reached a deal on Wednesday to delay a vote on the House floor to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, according to reports in the Washington Post and Politico.

GOP leaders and members of the Freedom Caucus agreed to push the impeachment vote planned for Thursday until after the November election with the assurance that Koskinen would testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week. The IRS commissioner had indicated in a Sept. 8 letter that he would be willing to testify before the panel, according to the Washington Post.

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