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

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) urged FBI Director James Comey to disclose publicly if he finds a "smoking gun" in the newly discovered batch of emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Ryan's comments came in response to a question from conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked whether Comey should publicize a "smoking gun" if he finds one.

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Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), still will not say whether he will vote for Donald Trump, but said Tuesday that Trump is qualified to be president.

Heck pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 tape on which Trump can be heard boasting about grabbing and kissing women without permission. Even as some Republican lawmakers who reversed their Trump endorsements have now said they will vote for the Republican nominee, Heck has still declined to reveal who he will vote for on Election day.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday said that they are not refusing to pay pollster Tony Fabrizio for his services, but that the campaign is questioning the size of payment owed to the pollster's firm.

“We are making sure that Mr. Trump is paying the correct amount,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Washington Post. “The vendor in question is still very much part of the team.”

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During a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, President Obama asked male voters to examine why it is they may not support Hillary Clinton, suggesting that sexism keeps some voters from backing Clinton.

"You know there’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before and I think sometimes we’re kind of trying to get over the hump," he said. "And we have to ask ourselves as men — because I hope my daughters are going to be able to achieve anything they want to achieve. And I know that my wife is not just my equal but my superior."

"I want every man out there who’s voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself. If you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is you know that we’re not just used to it?" Obama asked the crowd.

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The staff of the News and Observer said on Monday that Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) campaign has stopped sharing the senator's campaign schedule with the Raleigh paper, citing the outlet's coverage of the Senate race.

"Paul (Shumaker, Burr’s lead political strategist) put an embargo on sending you scheduling details until you demonstrate the ability to cover this race from a balanced point of view," Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said, according to the News and Observer.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich did not vote for Donald Trump for president and instead wrote in Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the party's 2008 nominee, Cleveland.com reported.

Kasich has refused to back Trump throughout the election.

"The divisiveness, the division, the name calling it just doesn't go down well with me," he said in June after Trump attacked a federal judge's Mexican heritage.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Monday denounced a robocall recorded by William Johnson, a white nationalist Trump supporter, bashing independent candidate Evan McMullin.

"We strongly condemn this rhetoric and these activities of which we have no knowledge," Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to CNN.

In his robocall set to run in Utah, William Johnson, a white nationalist who has expressed his support for Trump throughout the election cycle, says that McMullin is a "closet homosexual," according to a recording of the call published by the Daily Beast.

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Donald Trump is stiffing the first pollster his presidential campaign hired – to the tune of almost $1 million.

FEC filings show that the Trump campaign is disputing a payment of more than $766,700 to pollster Tony Fabrizio's firm, as the Washington Post reported Monday afternoon. The Trump campaign also owes Fabrizio another payment of $55,300, which the campaign is not disputing, according to filings.

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