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

CNN's Jake Tapper faced off with Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort on Sunday over the media's coverage of Donald Trump's campaign, telling Manafort that the campaign cannot blame the media for coverage of Trump's missteps.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Manafort said that Trump had a "substantive" week and complained that the media did not cover Trump's economic plan.

"There was a debate that could have been had there. Instead the media chose to take her, Clinton — the Clinton campaign narrative and go on attack on Donald Trump," he said.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday quizzed Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on his many attempts to explain away controversial comments made by Donald Trump.

"Are you the cleanup crew?" Wallace asked Pence after playing a video of an 11-year-old boy asking the Indiana governor if it is his role in the campaign is to soften Trump's statements.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of Donald Trump's early supporters in the Senate, was not pleased with the candidate's charge this week that President Obama "founded ISIS."

“This has been a very unusual election,” Corker told The Tennessean on Thursday. “And regardless of whether the candidate on my side of the aisle says things that I disagree with or not, if you ask me, I’m going to share my disagreement on certain things and my agreement on certain things. But to say that an elected official in our country founded a terrorist organization like ISIS is taking the facts that took place in 2011 and carrying that far too far.”

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Donald Trump on Thursday said he was willing to try American citizens in military courts at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

"Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all," Trump told the Miami Herald when asked if he would want the military tribunals at Guantanamo to try U.S. citizens. "I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine."

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When asked on Thursday morning which presidential nominee poses a bigger threat to the United States security, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said that Hillary Clinton poses a bigger threat than Donald Trump, citing the former secretary of state's foreign policy record.

"I’ve said Hillary Clinton is completely, permanently unacceptable. We have seen her in office. We have seen what she did. In addition to jeopardizing classified intimation that jeopardizes our security, we’ve seen the decisions that she has made, whether it’s in Libya, whether it is the incredibly failed Russian reset, whether it is, you know, lying to the families of the men who were killed at Benghazi," he said on the Philadelphia radio station WPTH's "Chris Stigall Show."

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Khizr Khan on Wednesday called on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to retract his support for Donald Trump after the Republican relentlessly attacked Khan and his wife after their appearance at the Democratic convention.

"I implore Sen. McCain … I continue to implore all of the good Republicans who either support or are going to vote for their party’s candidate, this will be a historic moment in the Republican Party," Khan told Cronkite News.

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning refused to acknowledge whether his relentless attacks on a Gold Star family were a "mistake," but he also avoided launching into a full defense of his comments.

"You’ll have to define what a 'mistake' means. We’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about economics," Trump said on CNBC when asked if his attacks on the Khan family were a "mistake."

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