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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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Donald Trump on Wednesday acknowledged that he should focus more on Hillary Clinton, as opposed to the other battles he has been waging this week.

During an interview with the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Trump was asked how he felt about his supporters who wish he would focus on Clinton more and who are concerned that he has been "baited into battles that distract you."

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Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump in a New Hampshire poll from WBUR/MassINC released Thursday, leading him by 15 points, 47-32, among likely voters.

Clinton's lead over Trump expanded by 13 points since a May WBUR/MassINC poll when she led the Republican nominee by just two points, 44-42.

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In a national TV appearance, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Wednesday endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in his primary election after Donald Trump declined to do so on Tuesday.

"I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election," the Indiana governor said on Fox News. "He is a long time friend. He’s a strong conservative leader. I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States to rebuild our military, to strengthen our economy, and to ensure that we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make America great again."

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a vulnerable Republican incumbent engaged in a tough re-election fight, called Wednesday for Donald Trump to apologize to the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier.

"I’ve spoken to a number of Gold Star moms and dads, and they just deserve our utmost respect. What else can you say? I can't put myself in their position. I can't imagine losing a child. I can’t imagine that sacrifice. So all you can do is respect it and honor it and that’s all that you should do," Johnson said during an interview with Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes.

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Donald Trump surrogate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) said Wednesday that Trump has been "very self-destructive" by hesitating to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in their primaries.

"Let me just say flatly I am totally for John McCain, who is a great war hero and a terrific human being, who has worked very hard for veterans, and I’m totally for Paul Ryan, who is the heart of the House Republican Party and probably the most problem-solving leader we’ve had in the Congress on the Republican side, I think, in the last 20 years," Gingrich said on Fox Business Network, according to Politico. "So I think somewhat what Trump has done is just very self-destructive."

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An adviser to Donald Trump criticized United States policy toward Russia in a July trip to Moscow, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The trip came the week before the Trump campaign reportedly worked to soften language in the Republican party platform regarding U.S. support for Ukraine against Russian aggression.

"Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change," Trump adviser Carter Page said in a speech at a graduate school in Moscow in July, according to Huffington Post.

He also called for the U.S. to lift sanctions on Russia that were put in place after the annexation of Crimea.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he has raised concerns about a "rigged" election in November due to several recent rulings striking down voter ID laws.

"Well, I’m looking at all of these decisions coming on down from the standpoint of identification, voter ID. And I’m saying, ‘What do you mean, you don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote?’ And it’s a little bit scary, and I’ve heard a lot of bad things," Trump told Fox News' Bill O’Reilly when asked why he's concerned the election will be rigged. “I mean, people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe. Who knows?"

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Former Donald Trump campaign manager and CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday night suggested that President Obama did not release his Harvard transcripts in order to hide that he was not born in the United States.

The comment came during a raucous CNN panel discussion in which CNN commentator Angela Rye mentioned that Donald Trump was the "spokesperson for the birther movement" and had called for Obama to release his Harvard transcripts.

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Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, on Tuesday evening tried to place blame on President Obama for the death of a Muslim American soldier in 2004, before Obama took office.

During an interview on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer pressed Pierson on whether Trump plans to apologize for his comments about the parents of Captain Humayun Khan.

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