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

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is locked in a tight re-election race, on Wednesday told Republicans already threatening to impeach Hillary Clinton before she is even elected to "calm down" because it will never happen.

"Okay, I'm gonna say, be the adult in the room and say 'calm down, back off, it's not gonna happen.' The fact is we have impeached and removed from office nine federal judges in our history, no members of the executive branch, not a president, not a vice president, not a cabinet officer, so floating that word is usually a fairly reckless thing," Issa told 760 KFMB San Diego radio's "Brett Winterble Show" when asked to respond to those floating impeachment, according to a clip highlighted by CNN.

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Alabama's top election official opposes registering voters automatically when they turn 18 because, as he put it, allowing "lazy people" to register without any effort would "cheapen" the work civil rights leaders put in fighting for everyone's right to vote in the United States.

"I don’t think that just because your birthday comes around, that you ought to be registered to vote," Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said in an interview published online Wednesday for an upcoming documentary by Brian Jenkins "Answering the Call."

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After Donald Trump called out an NBC reporter by name at a rally on Wednesday, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has avoided addressing the issue directly in interviews, refusing to talk about the situation Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

At an event in Miami, Trump complained that the media does not cover the size of the crowds at his rallies, singling out NBC's Katy Tur.

"Katy, you’re not reporting it, Katy,” Trump said. “But there’s something happening, Katy. There’s something happening, Katy!”

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Wednesday said that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, Congress will still continue its investigations regarding her email use.

"Either way, I think the investigations are going to continue," Cornyn told Newsmax radio host Joe Pagliarulo when asked if Congress would keep up its investigations into Clinton if she wins or loses.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has largely avoided weighing in on Donald Trump's candidacy, especially over the past few months, but the senator on Wednesday night urged Kentucky residents to vote for the Republican nominee.

At a rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, McConnell told the crowd that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America," according to the Associated Press.

"If America votes like Kentucky, we'll be fine," he added.

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The Pennsylvania state police raided the offices of a group that helps Democrats with voter registration efforts, searching for evidence of voter-registration fraud, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

Investigators sought a warrant last week to search a FieldWorks LLC office in Delaware County in suburban Philadelphia for documents, financial information, and a list of employees, according to documents reviewed by the Inquirer.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said on Tuesday that on the first day of open enrollment for Obamacare, the call center for the state exchange was targeted by robocalls aimed at jamming the lines.

"Somebody’s trying to jam the call center, and making robocalls to try to snafu the thing — which is deplorable,” Dayton told the Star Tribune. “They’ve identified that culprit, and are acting … to exclude them from the system.”

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The Hillary Clinton campaign cancelled a Wednesday event in Iowa with Bill Clinton and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine in light of the news that two police officers in the state were shot to death overnight.

"Due to the tragic shooting of Des Moines and Urbandale police officers last night, the Des Moines Get Out the Vote event with Tim Kaine, President Bill Clinton, and Ben Harper at the Des Moines Social Club has been canceled," the campaign said in an email.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) urged FBI Director James Comey to disclose publicly if he finds a "smoking gun" in the newly discovered batch of emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Ryan's comments came in response to a question from conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who asked whether Comey should publicize a "smoking gun" if he finds one.

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Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), still will not say whether he will vote for Donald Trump, but said Tuesday that Trump is qualified to be president.

Heck pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 tape on which Trump can be heard boasting about grabbing and kissing women without permission. Even as some Republican lawmakers who reversed their Trump endorsements have now said they will vote for the Republican nominee, Heck has still declined to reveal who he will vote for on Election day.

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