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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

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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During his Wednesday night rally in Ohio, Donald Trump mocked Hillary Clinton and questioned her stamina while bragging that he can withstand holding an hour-long rally.

"You think this is easy? You think this is so easy in this beautiful room that’s 122 degrees?" Trump asked the crowd at his rally. "It is hot, and it’s always hot when I perform because the crowds are so big."

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Promises from the Trump campaign of greater transparency about the GOP nominee's health fizzled Wednesday amid a blizzard of conflicting statements from the campaign and almost comical levels of TV puffery.

Early reports from Trump's much ballyhooed TV appearance on Dr. Mehmet Oz's show, which was taped Wednesday afternoon, suggest little new about Trump's health was revealed. Trump merely gave the TV doctor a one-page summary of his physical examination, which was conducted by none other than gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein, the same doctor that wrote Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

The campaign has still promised to release the results from Trump's latest physical, but it's unclear when the campaign will do so and in what detail.

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Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday morning said that the candidate would not reveal his medical records during an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, contradicting the TV doctor's claim that he would analyze Trump's medical records on his show.

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN Money that Dr. Oz would not discuss the results of Trump's recent physical during the interview set to air Thursday, and instead would discuss the Republican nominee's health habits. NBC News reported that Trump's campaign planned to release his medical records "soon."

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Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday night defended state laws requiring residents to have photo identification in order to vote, noting that every African-American person he knows has an ID.

His comments came during a segment on the Supreme Court's decision not to restore Ohio's "Golden Week," during which residents can register to vote and cast ballots, ahead of the 2016 elections.

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