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.

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During a speech on Irish-American heritage and immigration in Dublin on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden warned against nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric from politicians in Europe and the United States.

He noted that there has been unrest over issues like immigration, the economy, and terrorism, but said that blaming immigrants is not the appropriate response.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) was sued in November for playing Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" at a rally, and now the former presidential candidate wants to set up a legal defense fund to help pay for the settlement of lawsuit.

Rude Music, a record company run by Survivor member Frank M. Sullivan III, sued Huckabee for copyright infringement after the Republican played the song at a rally supporting Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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In a new television ad that began airing Thursday in Ohio, the Senate Majority PAC targets vulnerable Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on his past support for Social Security privatization.

The ad titled "Cicadas" from the Democratic group notes that Portman once supported privatizing Social Security. The ad's narrator says that as cicadas return to Ohio every 17 years, the senator periodically “returns to Ohio and tries to rewrite his record in Washington.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to be concerned about Donald Trump's chances in November, given the GOP nominee's inability to stick to a script and his meager fundraising haul in May.

"It’s no secret that he’s struggling. As you and I are talking today, we just saw his latest financial report and there’s not much money in there. He’s earned the nomination, but in order to be elected president, he needs to pivot and start acting like — presidential," McConnell said in a Friday episode of GOP consultant Ben Mathis' podcast, KickAss Politics, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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Hillary Clinton said Friday that she respects Britain's decision to leave the European Union, but noted the "uncertainty" caused by the move shows how important the American presidential election is.

"We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America's steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe," she said in a statement.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday said that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but he added that he's still not ready to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary.

"Yes, I think the issue right here is I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if he will vote for Clinton.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning praised Britain's decision to leave the European Union, drawing a parallel to the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

"The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy," he said in a statement.

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Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon applauded the Supreme Court's tied vote that effectively blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration.

"Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country," Trump said in a statement.

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House Democrats on Thursday afternoon ended their more than 24 hour sit-in on the House floor to protest Republican leadership's refusal to allow votes on gun control measures.

According to reports from Capitol Hill, Democrats plan on meeting with advocates outside of the Capitol after leaving the House floor. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) gave one final speech on the House floor before Democrats left together.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that the Supreme Court's tied vote in the case regarding President Obama's executive action on immigration showed that the court is "hobbled" without a ninth justice.

"Today’s split decision did not rule this program unconstitutional. It highlighted how a hobbled Supreme Court is unable to provide justice to the American people. It showcased the need for a fully functioning Supreme Court and for Republicans to move without delay on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland," he said in a statement.

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