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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.

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Two Republican House committee chairs on Monday sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about her email use.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairmen of the Oversight and Judiciary committees respectively, wrote in the letter that FBI’s findings on Clinton's email use appear to "directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony."

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In a recent interview with NBC News set to air Monday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush described Donald Trump's campaign as an "alternative universe" that will leave Trump's supporters feeling "betrayed."

"The tragedy of this, though, is that there isn't going to be a wall built. And Mexico's not going to pay for it. And there's not going to be a ban on Muslims," Bush told NBC News in a clip released Monday afternoon. "This is all like a alternative universe that he created."

"The reality is, that's not going to happen. And people are going to be deeply frustrated and the divides will grow in our country," he continued. "And this extraordinary country, still the greatest country on the face of the earth, will continue to stagger instead of soar. And that's the heartbreaking part of this, is I think people are really going to feel betrayed."

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Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will announce a bid for Senate on Monday and replace the current Democratic nominee in the race, Baron Hill, CNN reported Monday morning, citing an unnamed source.

Hill, who already won the Democratic primary, announced Monday morning that he that he is dropping out of the race.

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Organizers of a march set to be held in Cleveland ahead of the Republican National convention cancelled the event, citing concerns following the shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead, according to Cleveland.com.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the event's sponsor, had planned for the march to take place on Sunday, the day before the GOP convention begins, and Al Sharpton was set to headline the march.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't even want to think about a Donald Trump presidency.

"I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president," she told the New York Times in an interview published Sunday. "For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign confirmed in a Monday morning statement that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join the former secretary of state at a campaign event on Tuesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The two will "discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," according to the Clinton campaign.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Friday afternoon railed against the people who took part in the protest in Dallas on Thursday night, charging that the protesters were "hypocrites" because, as he framed it, they were anti-police but expected the police to protect them once the shooting started.

"All those protesters last night, they ran the other way, expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them. What hypocrites," Patrick said on Fox News. "I understand the First Amendment. I understand freedom of speech, and I defend it. It is in our Constitution and is in our soul, but you can't go out on social media and mainstream media and everywhere else and say that the police are racist or police are hateful or the police are killers."

Patrick said that the officers killed in the shooting at the scene of the protest "lost their life protecting people who were protesting against them."

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The Rev. Dominique Alexander, the president of the group that organized the Thursday night protest in Dallas, condemned Friday the deadly ambush of police that took place near the end of the rally and offered condolences to the families of the five officers who were killed.

"We echo the words of President Obama yesterday when he stated, that because black lives matter, it does not mean blue lives do not matter," Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network said at a press conference. "With that being said, we condemn the actions that took lives of five officers and wounded seven. We sincerely thank the Dallas Police Department and the D.A.R.T. police for assisting us with our protest. We understand that although officers volunteered to risk their lives, they certainly do not deserve to die."

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