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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) seemed to hit a personal breaking point Tuesday, going off on Donald Trump and calling on Indiana voters to save the country from the current Republican presidential frontrunner.

Heading into the make-or-break Indiana primary, Cruz did not hold back in front of reporters in an extended diatribe played live on national TV. He accused Trump of lying to voters and painted the real estate mogul as an amoral narcissist. The Texas senator was set off by Trump's Tuesday morning comments floating a conspiracy theory that Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

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The American Family Association has been "testing" Target's new policy allowing employees and customers to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity by sending men to women's bathrooms, according to the conservative group's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios.

"I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom, and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposite of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be, people will not be stopped," Rios told "Breitbart News Daily" on Monday. "We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier."

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Hillary Clinton on Monday attempted to clarify past comments about putting coal companies "out of business" when confronted by a voter on the campaign trail in West Virginia.

While discussing plans to create jobs in the renewable energy industry during a CNN town hall in March, Clinton said, "We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."

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Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) approval rating among Iowa voters has taken a hit since Senate Republicans said they would refuse to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, according to a new poll commissioned by liberal groups and released to Politico on Monday.

Just 42 percent of voters had a positive view of the historically popular Iowa senator, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the Constitutional Responsibility Project, a group pushing for the Senate to consider Merrick Garland's nomination, and the League of Conservation Voters. The polling was conducted by Hart Research Associates.

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Donald Trump on Monday morning hit Hillary Clinton for offending "the Indians" by using the phrase "off the reservation" while discussing Trump's attacks on her throughout the campaign.

"The way she talks about, I can handle men who get off the reservation, I think is a very demeaning statement. I won't even bring up the fact the Indians have gone wild on that statement. You know that? The Indians have said that that statement is a disastrous statement, and they want a retraction," Trump said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

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After Donald Trump said that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was unconvincing, the governor wrote a Sunday op-ed detailing why he backs Cruz's presidential bid.

"In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan," Pence wrote in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star. "I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights."

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During a Sunday rally in Indiana, Donald Trump railed against the United States' trade deficit with China, charging that China has committed "rape" against the U.S.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump said in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world."

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