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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

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) this week told UtahPolicy.com that he likes a lot of what Donald Trump says, save a few ideas like the presidential candidate's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"I like a lot of what he’s saying,” Chaffetz said when asked if Trump's rhetoric bothered him. "Sometimes, like he said that there should be a religious litmus test on entering the country. I happen to think that’s way over the top, uncalled for — I totally disagree with that. But, there are a lot of things that he says that I actually really do like, that I think other people should be talking about and, how he does it is his own style. There’s only one Donald, that’s for sure."

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign has signed an agreement with the Republican National Committee to gain access to the party's voter database, Politico reported on Monday night.

Trump will now be able to use the RNC's information on more than 200 million voters for get-out-the-vote efforts and gather information on his supporters to share with the Republican party for future use. The RNC initially offered access to its voter files back in July, according to a report from Yahoo News.

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Donald Trump and Pope Francis don't have much in common, but this year the two tied as Americans' second most admired men in the world.

In a Gallup poll released on Monday, Americans named President Obama the most admired man in the world for the eighth time -- he received 17 percent of Americans' votes. Trump and Pope Francis tied for second place with 5 percent of the votes each.

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When asked if he agreed with Bernie Sanders' comment that Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail in July, would have been treated differently had she been white, Dr. Ben Carson on Sunday lamented that Americans tend to focus too much on race.

Carson said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he thinks the U.S. should look at whether blacks are treated differently by the police, but added, "There is no question that we need to be looking at those sorts of things, but we also have a tendency to inject race into everything anytime that there are people of different races involved in a conflict."

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Donald Trump tore into the Virginia Republican party in a Twitter rant on Sunday, criticizing the state GOP's decision to require residents voting in the Republican primary to sign a statement signaling their loyalty to the Republican party.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Sunday that he believes he could appeal to working-class Donald Trump supporters who are angry about the country's economy.

During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," host John Dickerson asked Sanders to explain his belief that he could win over Trump backers.

"Many of Trump's supporters are working-class people and they're angry, and they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages, they're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they're angry because they can't afford to send their kids to college, so they can't retire with dignity," Sanders said.

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Stephen Colbert says that Donald Trump plays his old character on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" better than he did.

"I'm not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he's my old character with $10 billion," he said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired on Sunday. "You know, he’s completely playing on an emotional level, and so beautifully. I mean, that’s one of the reasons why I just can’t do that old character anymore, because he’s doing it better than I ever could because he’s willing to drink his own Kool-Aid. And manufacture and distribute it."

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Donald Trump on Sunday morning bashed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, following reports that the congressman will soon endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump criticized Gowdy's performance at an October hearing with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during an appearance on "Fox and Friends."

"His hearings were a disaster. Everybody was looking forward to something that was going to be really productive. And he didn't win with those hearings. It was a total not-good for Republicans and for the country," Trump said, according to Business Insider.

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A Connecticut journalist who resigned last week in protest of The Bristol Press publisher's use of a plagiarized article will receive an award from the son of investigative journalist I.F. Stone.

Steve Collins (pictured above) resigned from The Bristol Press on Thursday after the paper's publisher, Michael Schroeder, was accused of plagiarizing and using a fake name to publish an article that criticized a Nevada judge's rulings against Sheldon Adelson. Schroeder is the manager of the company that recently purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Adelson is now the main investor in the Nevada paper.

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