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

In an interview with The Atlantic published on Tuesday, President Obama said that Republican rhetoric about Islam and terrorism is partially to blame for Donald Trump's statements about Muslims and his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

While discussing his belief that a president's comments about Islam can impact the government's ability to work with Muslims, Obama brought up Trump's rhetoric about Islam.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night continued to defend his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, from battery charges, insisting that his aide was protecting him from a reporter wielding a pen.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said that former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields tried to grab him before Lewandowski intervened, and the Republican presidential candidate continued to describe Fields as a potential threat during a CNN town hall.

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Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid in an interview with Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes on Tuesday, a week before the state's April 5 presidential primary.

Walker told Sykes that Cruz is in "the best position by far to both win the nomination of the Republican party" and the general election.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday blamed media coverage of the state's new law that prohibits local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures for the backlash from businesses and progressive groups.

"There’s a very well-coordinated campaign — national campaign which is distorting the truth, which is frankly smearing our state in an inaccurate way, and which I’m working to correct," he said in a press conference. "And I hope the media starts putting out more accurate information on the facts between a basic common sense bill which allows businesses to determine their own restroom and shower and locker room facilities, not government."

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An adviser to Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday clarified that the campaign will file a complaint with the Republican National Committee (RNC) over the selection of delegates in the Louisiana primary, not a lawsuit, as Trump suggested in a Sunday tweet.

Trump's lawsuit threat followed a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could gain up to 10 unbound delegates from the Louisiana primary, five of which were previously committed to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) before he dropped out of the presidential race. Trump won the primary, but could end up with fewer delegates than Cruz. Delegates supporting Cruz have also secured five of Louisiana's six slots on the rules committee for the Republican convention.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday brushed off Donald Trump's threat to file a lawsuit over reports that Cruz may gain delegates won in the Louisiana primary by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has since dropped out of the race.

"I’m always amused when Donald doesn’t know what to do and so threatens lawsuits," Cruz said when asked about the potential lawsuit during a press conference in Wisconsin.

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