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

The campaign coordinator for David Duke's Senate campaign on Tuesday morning said that Donald Trump only disavowed robocalls from Duke urging voters to back Trump because the Republican nominee's advisers directed him to do so.

"If he was not forced to, he would have never disavowed David," campaign coordinator Mike Lawrence told TPM, adding that he believes Trump was told to disavow Duke by an adviser.

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As preparation for the upcoming debates, the Hillary Clinton campaign has talked with the ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" to get a better understanding of the Republican nominees insecurities, the New York Times reported.

Writer Tony Schwartz told the New Yorker in July that he regrets helping Trump with the 1980s bestseller. He called Trump a "sociopath" and said that the real estate mogul has a "completely compulsive" need for attention.

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Russian hackers who launched a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee also targeted think tanks that study Russia in Washington, D.C., Defense One reported on Monday.

The CEO of Crowdstrike, a company that investigated the DNC hack, told Defense one that one of the same groups that targeted the DNC also attacked fewer than five think tanks, but did not take any information.

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Pastor Mark Burns, an African American surrogate for the Donald Trump campaign, on Monday night apologized for tweeting a cartoon that depicted Hillary Clinton in blackface.

"I want to apologize because the last thing I want to do is to anger people. I really am a unifier," Burns said Monday in a video on Periscope, according to The Hill. "It was not at all my intention to offer or to not offend anyone, the last thing I want to do is to offend people."

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With former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke now running for the open Louisiana U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, the state GOP is grappling with how to keep candidates it deems unsavory from running under the party's banner in the future.

There's nothing the state party can do this year to keep Duke, who is a convicted felon, from running for the seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). But the party's attempt to keep candidates like Duke from running as Republicans down the line hit a roadblock over the weekend.

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Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, said in an interview published Friday that he may vote for Hillary Clinton, citing Donald Trump's "disturbing" comments regarding foreign policy.

"I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her," he told German magazine Der Spiegel.

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The War on Christmas is back, and it's more strained than ever!

While listing the reasons why his father ran for president in an interview published Thursday, Eric Trump pointed to the tree on the White House lawn and claimed it was renamed the "Holiday tree."

However, in his attempt to explain his father's commitment to combating political correctness and the "War on Christmas," Eric Trump incorrectly accused the White House of renaming the Christmas tree.

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