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 campaign rally in Aston, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Donald Trump dismissed the "narrative of cops as a racist force" and said that those who push that narrative, including Hillary Clinton, contribute to unrest following fatal police shootings.

"Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society — and this is a narrative that is supported with a nod by my opponent, you see what she’s saying, and it’s not good — share responsibly and the unrest that is afflicting our country and hurting those who have really the very least," Trump said, according to the Washington Post.

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The protester who was shot on Wednesday during protests over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, has died, police said.

Justin Carr, a 26-year-old, was shot by another civilian Wednesday and died on Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Keith Trietley told NPR.

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Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday defended his father's refusal to release his tax returns, arguing that there's "a lot in a 12,000-page tax return" that shouldn't be opened up to the public.

"We’ve been under audit for five years — who knows if that’s politically motivated or not — but our tax counsel, going through a 12,000-page tax return, has said they wouldn’t advise us to do it. It could create all sorts of other problems. I’m going to listen to them on that," Donald Trump Jr. said on Salt Lake City radio station KSL, according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

"When you have a business record, a business track record of my father, and 40 years of it, there’s a lot in a 12,000-page tax return that wouldn’t make sense to open up," he added.

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Glenn Reynolds, a USA Today columnist and University of Tennessee law professor who goes by the name Instapundit, said on Thursday morning that he will not apologize for a tweet urging drivers to run over protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reynolds told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he would "probably not" tweet the message if given another chance, but he was unapologetic.

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An aide to members of Donald Trump's family on Wednesday defended Trump's personal use of funds from his foundation, arguing that some third party donations should count as Trump's money.

"A lot of times Mr. Trump will give a speech somewhere or he’ll raise money in some way and he asks that that entity, instead of cutting a personal check to him, cut it to his charity," Lynne Patton told the Des Moines Register. “That’s money that otherwise would’ve been in his personal account, right?”

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning addressed the second night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal shooting of a black man by police, describing the situation as "very sad."

"It's very divided, our country, and it's getting worse, so I'm not overly surprised to see it, but it's happening," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "It just seems that there's a lack of spirit between the white and the black."

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning said that when he proposed using "stop and frisk" policing techniques to address crime during a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity, he was referring specifically to Chicago.

"I was really referring to Chicago with stop and frisk. They asked me about Chicago," Trump said Thursday morning on "Fox and Friends."

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A protester is in critical condition after being shot during another night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott.

The city of Charlotte initially reported in a tweet that the protester was fatally shot, but the individual is in critical condition. The protester was reportedly shot by another civilian, according to CNN and NBC News.

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