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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After the Hillary Clinton campaign on Tuesday went after Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) foreign policy background, the Vermont senator criticized Clinton for her 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq War.

"It is fair to say, that in terms of experience, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state for four years, so that gives her a lot of experience, no debate about that," Sanders said in Iowa when asked about his foreign policy credentials, according to the Washington Post. "But there is a difference between experience and judgment. The most important foreign policy vote in the modern history of this country took place in 2002."

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While criticizing President Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush incorrectly pronounced Malia Obama's name as "Malayla."

Bush slammed Michelle Obama for failing to attend a California summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping that took place in 2013, Politico reported.

"The scandal in China was that Mrs. Obama and the United States government, and the United States, therefore, were insulting China and its first couple by not being there," Bush said. "And every meeting I had in Beijing started out for the first 10 minutes lambasting me about why it was, as an American, why it was that we insulted China. And I’m thinking, you know what, it could be that Mrs. Obama was worried about the science project of Malayla."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday fired back at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) for his remarks that the Texas senator's stance on renewable fuels like ethanol would be "damaging" to Iowa.

"It is not a surprise that the establishment is in full panic mode," Cruz told BuzzFeed News in response to Branstad. "We predicted from the very beginning that the Washington cartel would fire every tool in its arsenal to prevent a conservative victory in this primary."

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While explaining that he believes that Donald Trump's success in the Republican party does not mean that establishment conservatism is dying, GOP strategist Rick Wilson dismissed the "childless single men" who support Trump's presidential bid.

"The fact of the matter is, most of them are childless single men who masturbate to anime. They’re not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity," Wilson said of Trump supporters on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign released a new attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday, using a letter from 10 national security experts and former diplomats to question his foreign policy knowledge.

"Over the past four debates, the subject of ISIS and Iran have come up a number of times. These are complex and challenging times, and we need a Commander in Chief who knows how to protect America and our allies and advance our interests and values around the world," the experts wrote in the letter highlighted by Clinton's campaign in a press release. "The stakes are high. And we are concerned that Senator Sanders has not thought through these crucial national security issues that can have profound consequences for our security."

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday said that he does not want Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to win the Iowa caucuses or the Republican presidential nomination, citing Cruz's position on ethanol.

When asked during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona if he wants Cruz to lose the race, Branstad replied, "Yes," according to Des Moines television station WHO-TV.

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The Maricopa County Republican Party reiterated on Saturday that it's no fan of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), voting to endorse "anyone but McCain" for the Republican primary in the 2016 Senate race in Arizona.

"The ‘Anyone But McCain’ sentiment expressed by the grassroots Republicans perfectly mirrors the dissatisfaction of the millions of everyday Arizonans who are tired of an out-of-control federal government," the county party's chairman, Tyler Bowler, said in a statement after the party approved the resolution, according to Phoenix television statement 12 News.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it will not take up a lawsuit filed by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging President Obama's executive actions allowing certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

Arpaio, known for his anti-immigrant sentiments and birtherism, has asked the courts to block the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs, which allow those undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and parents of permanent residents to defer their deportation from the country. Arpaio argued that the programs motivated immigrants to come to the U.S. He also said that the program would result in police arresting more undocumented immigrants for crimes, which would burden law enforcement and impact available jail space.

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Donald Trump has said he will make make a special announcement with a special guest during a rally in Iowa on Tuesday evening, fueling speculation that former vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might endorse him, Politico reported.

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Donald Trump told a Washington Post reporter that he would sue the paper if the Post chose to run a story about the real estate mogul's casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that went bankrupt in 1991.

The Washington Post reported that even though he had criticized high-interest loans called junk bonds and said his reputation as a businessman would win him low interest rates, Trump ended up using junk bonds to raise the $675 million needed to finish building the Taj Mahal casino. The real estate mogul eventually defaulted on those loan payments and the casino filed for bankruptcy, according to the Post.

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