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

Updated at 2:52 PM ET

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Friday that he will not support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, but that he also refuses to support Hillary Clinton.

"As for me, I absolutely will not support Hillary Clinton for President. She represents the third term of Barack Obama, and our nation cannot afford to continue those failed policies at home or abroad," he said in a Friday afternoon statement. "I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief."

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In a Friday letter, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accused Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of stacking committees at the July national convention with supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Sanders lamented to Wasserman Schultz that the DNC only nominated three of the more than 40 people he recommended to sit on the standing committees, and the DNC did not appoint any Sanders picks to the key Rules Committee.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning said he was not bothered by House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) refusal to support him, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee took a swipe at Ryan for calling for unity while also declining to get behind the party's nominee.

"I was really surprised by it. And it's fine. He can do whatever he wants to do," Trump told "Fox and Friends" when asked about Ryan's lack of endorsement.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday endorsed Donald Trump and left the door open to becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them," Perry told CNN. "He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice."

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A jury on Thursday found three former aides for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign guilty on corruption charges for covering up a plan to pay a state senator in exchange for an endorsement, the Des Moines Register reported.

Jesse Benton, John Tate, Dimitri Kesari were indicted for conspiracy in November for hiding a $73,000 payment to former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who reversed his endorsement of then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to back Ron Paul just six days before the Iowa caucuses.

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North Carolina state House Speaker Tim Moore (R) said Thursday that the legislature will not meet the deadline to respond to the Justice Department's allegation that the state's new anti-LGBT bill violates the Civil Rights Act.

"We will take no action by Monday," he told reporters, according to the Charlotte Observer. "That deadline will come and go. We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works."

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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Republican National Committee staffers were told that if they could not embrace Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee they would need to leave by the end of this week.

Here's the unsourced Times report:

Some staff members at the Republican National Committee were told Wednesday that if they were unable to get behind the nominee, they should leave by the end of the week.

The RNC denied the Times' report on Thursday morning.

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