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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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A new ad from Right to Rise, the Super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential bid, criticizes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for missing national security briefings, hearings, and important votes in the Senate.

The 30-second spot slams Rubio for putting politics first by skipping votes and briefings to attend fundraisers.

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Donald Trump on Monday night tore into the New Hampshire Union Leader and its publisher following an editorial comparing the real estate mogul to Biff from "Back to the Future" and describing Trump as "a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy."

During a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Trump called the Union Leader a "dishonest" and "failing" newspaper, and described publisher Joe McQuaid, who wrote the editorial, as a "low life" and a "sleazebag."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) this week told UtahPolicy.com that he likes a lot of what Donald Trump says, save a few ideas like the presidential candidate's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"I like a lot of what he’s saying,” Chaffetz said when asked if Trump's rhetoric bothered him. "Sometimes, like he said that there should be a religious litmus test on entering the country. I happen to think that’s way over the top, uncalled for — I totally disagree with that. But, there are a lot of things that he says that I actually really do like, that I think other people should be talking about and, how he does it is his own style. There’s only one Donald, that’s for sure."

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign has signed an agreement with the Republican National Committee to gain access to the party's voter database, Politico reported on Monday night.

Trump will now be able to use the RNC's information on more than 200 million voters for get-out-the-vote efforts and gather information on his supporters to share with the Republican party for future use. The RNC initially offered access to its voter files back in July, according to a report from Yahoo News.

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Donald Trump and Pope Francis don't have much in common, but this year the two tied as Americans' second most admired men in the world.

In a Gallup poll released on Monday, Americans named President Obama the most admired man in the world for the eighth time -- he received 17 percent of Americans' votes. Trump and Pope Francis tied for second place with 5 percent of the votes each.

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When asked if he agreed with Bernie Sanders' comment that Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail in July, would have been treated differently had she been white, Dr. Ben Carson on Sunday lamented that Americans tend to focus too much on race.

Carson said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he thinks the U.S. should look at whether blacks are treated differently by the police, but added, "There is no question that we need to be looking at those sorts of things, but we also have a tendency to inject race into everything anytime that there are people of different races involved in a conflict."

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Donald Trump tore into the Virginia Republican party in a Twitter rant on Sunday, criticizing the state GOP's decision to require residents voting in the Republican primary to sign a statement signaling their loyalty to the Republican party.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Sunday that he believes he could appeal to working-class Donald Trump supporters who are angry about the country's economy.

During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," host John Dickerson asked Sanders to explain his belief that he could win over Trump backers.

"Many of Trump's supporters are working-class people and they're angry, and they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages, they're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they're angry because they can't afford to send their kids to college, so they can't retire with dignity," Sanders said.

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Stephen Colbert says that Donald Trump plays his old character on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" better than he did.

"I'm not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he's my old character with $10 billion," he said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired on Sunday. "You know, he’s completely playing on an emotional level, and so beautifully. I mean, that’s one of the reasons why I just can’t do that old character anymore, because he’s doing it better than I ever could because he’s willing to drink his own Kool-Aid. And manufacture and distribute it."

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