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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As Kentucky clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Republican presidential candidates have split on whether Davis should have to comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Davis has said she's defying the law "on God's authority."

All of the candidates who have weighed in have expressed opposition to gay marriage, but while some have defended Davis, others have called on her to follow the law.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly brought on Jorge Ramos on Wednesday night, where the two got into a heated debate over Ramos' role as an anchor at Spanish language television network Univision.

After the two discussed their disagreements over building a wall at the southern border and undocumented immigrants, O'Reilly challenged Ramos over his reporting style. The Univision anchor recently got kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference temporarily for asking the candidate a question without first being called on.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite numerous court orders.

"I don't think anybody should have to choose between following their conscience, their religious beliefs and giving up their job or facing financial sanctions," he told the Huffington Post when asked if Davis should resign. "We are seeing government today discriminate against whether it's clerks, florists, musicians or others. I think that's wrong. I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) stood behind Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday, arguing that she is right to question what law forces her to recognize same-sex marriage.

"Kim is asking the perfect question: 'Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?' That simple question is giving many in Congress a civics lesson that they never got in grade school," Huckabee said in a Wednesday statement, according to Right Wing Watch.

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Carly Fiorina on Tuesday dismissed recent calls by her fellow Republican presidential candidates for walls at both the southern and northern borders of the United States.

During an interview on Tuesday, radio host Michael Medved asked Fiorina about Walker's suggestion that a wall at the U.S.-Canada border is a "legitimate issue," which he has since walked back.

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For those exhausted by analysis of Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls, the Washington Post has taken a delightful deep dive into the presidential candidate's attempt to cheat his way to a top-notch golf game.

The Washington Post spoke with numerous golfers who have played with Trump and either witnessed him cheat or caught wind of the real estate mogul's reputation as a cheater.

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Following inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants and policy proposals targeting undocumented immigrants from Latin America, Donald Trump on Tuesday sat down for a meeting with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's CEO, Javier Palomarez.

Palomarez told CNN on Tuesday that he was "encouraged" by his meeting with Trump. According to Palomarez, Trump joked that he didn't need the Hispanic vote, but then indicated that he's looking for support from that community.

"I want it. I feel like I've been mischaracterized and treated unfairly and my name has been slandered to some extent with this audience," Trump said, according to Palomarez.

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Conservatives have long viewed the Black Lives Matter movement with skepticism and questioned the group's tactics, but this week pundits grabbed hold of a new label for the organization: hate group.

After the Friday shooting death of a sheriff's deputy in Texas and a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, conservatives doubled down in their criticism. Numerous hosts at Fox News took issue with the group's recent chant in Minnesota, "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon," tying that protest to recent deaths of police officers.

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