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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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On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump renewed attempts to defend a tweet his campaign published on Saturday calling Hillary Clinton the "most corrupt candidate ever" in a Star of David.

Trump published a tweet Wednesday night with an image of a "Frozen" themed coloring book that included a six point star on its cover.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Wednesday released a statement boasting about its June fundraising haul, but the press release was convoluted and jumbled, making it unclear just how much money Trump raised for the campaign itself.

Campaign finance experts were unable to determine exactly how much money Trump raised for his campaign, as opposed to money raised for joint committees that also provide donations for national and state Republican parties.

"We have no idea from this how much money he actually raised for Trump’s campaign committee," Brett Kappel, a campaign finance expert and partner at the Akerman law firm, told TPM regarding the Trump campaign's new numbers.

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During a Wednesday speech in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hillary Clinton tore apart Donald Trump's business record in the city, warning that he could bankrupt the United States just as he has bankrupted his casinos.

Clinton noted that Trump boasts about his business record and argues that his business prowess will help him run the country, but that two of his casinos have closed and another is under new ownership.

"What he did for his businesses and his workers is nothing to brag about. In fact, it's shameful," Clinton said. "And every single voter in America needs to know about it, so we don't let him do to our country what he did to his businesses."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, has asked FBI Director James Comey to testify before the committee on Thursday to explain his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of email servers.

Chaffetz told Fox News Wednesday morning that he spoke to Comey over the phone and via text message to set up a time for the FBI director to answer questions from House members. Comey said that he could testify on Thursday, prompting the House committee to set a hearing for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, according to Chaffetz.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey with questions about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers.

"I am concerned that despite finding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted with extreme carelessness and that evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, the FBI is not recommending criminal charges against Secretary Clinton," Goodlatte wrote in the letter.

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Tuesday night criticized Donald Trump's comments about Saddam Hussein, calling out the Republican presidential candidate's tendency to praise "brutal strongmen."

"Donald Trump's praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds. He has applauded the strength China showed in the Tiananmen Square massacre, offered admiration for Kim Jong Un's murderous consolidation of power in North Korea, and consistently lavished praise on Vladimir Putin," Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to Clinton, said in a statement. "Tonight, Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night called for a hearing on the FBI's findings regarding Hillary Clinton's used of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

"We’re going to have hearings. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, is going to be calling up James Comey to ask questions. He didn't answer any questions with the press. And our judiciary committee has sent a number of questions," Ryan told Fox News' Megyn Kelly. "There are a lot of unanswered questions here."

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Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Tuesday that he will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House sergeant-at-arms on Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether to launch a formal investigation into the sit-in demonstration staged by House Democrats at the end of June, according to the Washington Post.

McCarthy said that House Democrats "went beyond the rules" during the sit-in calling for votes on gun control legislation. The House was in recess for most of the sit-in, though House leaders managed to hold votes on a bill to address the Zika virus over the chants of protests from Democratic members of Congress.

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