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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

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by seven points, 51-44, in a head-to-head matchup among likely voters, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey tracking poll released on Monday morning. The poll was conducted both before and after the Friday release of a 2005 tape revealing vulgar comments Donald Trump made about women.

Clinton's lead jumped one point, after she led Trump by six points, 50-44, in last week's NBC/Survey Monkey tracking poll.

When third party candidates are added to the question, Clinton leads Trump by five points, 46-41, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 8 and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 points. In last week's poll, Clinton led Trump by six points, 46-40, in a four-way race.

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Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday morning criticized CNN's Anderson Cooper for calling what Donald Trump described in the 2005 video tape "sexual assault."

"When Anderson Cooper pressed Mr. Trump on sexual assault, Donald Trump shot back and said, ‘No, that’s not what this was. These are words.'" Conway said on "Fox and Friends." "And I think there’s something there because this term sexual assault has been bandied about, and I will tell you as somebody who’s worked with and certainly has in my life, as I’m sure we all do, victims of sexual assault, it demeans them to equate that with this for political purposes."

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The Donald Trump campaign tried to seat women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct in the Trump family box at the Sunday night debate before officials intervened, the Washington Post reported early Monday morning.

Officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates told the campaign that the women would be removed from the box if the campaign tried to seat them there, the Post reported. Before the debate, Trump held a press conference with three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, as well as one woman who was involved in a rape case in which Hillary Clinton defended the accused rapist.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Monday morning said that there is not any truth to reports that he is considering dropping off the Republican ticket, despite the fallout from a 2005 video that surfaced on Friday revealing vulgar comments Donald Trump made about women.

"It's absolutely false to suggest that at any point in time we considered dropping off this ticket," he said on CNN. "It's been the greatest honor of my life to have been nominated by my party to be the next vice president of the United States of America."

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Donald Trump donated about $140,000 to state attorneys general or candidates for the office between 2001 and 2003, some of whom were reviewing cases or decisions that would impact the real estate mogul's business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Trump in particular donated to several attorneys general in New York going back to the 1980s, up to the current attorney general, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, according to records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

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Donald Trump has claimed that the 1995 tax documents reported by the New York Times show he's understands "the tax laws better than almost anyone," but the accountant who prepared Trump's taxes that year threw cold water on Trump's claim in an interview published Tuesday.

"I did all the tax preparation. He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature," the Trump family's former tax accountant Jack Mitnick told Inside Edition. "I’m the one who did all the work."

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During the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) offered a policy proposal for addressing the civil war in Syria that differed from comments Donald Trump has made regarding Syria and the fight against the Islamic State.

"If Russia chooses to be involved — and continue, I should say, to be involved — in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo," Pence said during the debate.

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Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller on Wednesday repeatedly insisted that no foreign leader will insult Trump if he is elected president, arguing that the GOP nominee will quickly command respect.

CNN's Alisyn Camerota noted that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has insulted President Obama and asked Miller, "What would Donald Trump do if a president insulted him?"

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In a post-debate interview on Tuesday night, Fox News' host Megyn Kelly pushed Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to defend the Republican nominee's low poll numbers with women, telling Conway that women don't appreciate comments like those Trump made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

While defending Trump's past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Conway tried to pivot to attacking Hillary Clinton, knocking her approval among women.

"Why, in the new CNN poll, is Hillary at 53 percent among women? She’s running as the first female president. There’s something holding her back," Conway said.

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Lauren Fox contributed reporting.

By the time the vice presidential debate came to a close Tuesday night, many conservatives had concluded that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had a better debate performance than Donald Trump and were longing for a Republican presidential ticket with Pence at the top.

When asked if Trump could learn anything from Pence's debate performance, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), a Trump supporter on hand in the post-debate spin room at Longwood University, said, "Yeah, everything."

"I thought Pence did a superior job," Brown added. "Donald Trump, as I said before, missed a lot of easy softball responses last time."

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