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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.

Articles by Caitlin

During a campaign event in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton addressed the recent shootings of black men by police officers in Oklahoma and North Carolina, offering her condolences for the families.

"We are safer when communities respect the police and police respect communities," Clinton said, telling the crowd that Americans need to work together to "build trust" and end violence.

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During a Tuesday rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump told the audience about how much he enjoys using other people's money following a report in the Washington Post detailing how Trump used money from his foundation for personal matters.

“It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money,” Trump said while calling for the Gulf states to pay for safe zones in Syria. “Because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk of it and it takes the risk."

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Donald Trump's campaign increased its spending in the month of August and added to its campaign coffers, but the Republican nominee still lags behind Hillary Clinton's campaign in both spending and fundraising.

The Trump campaign spent almost $30 million in August, after spending $18.5 million in July, according to FEC reports filed Tuesday night. Clinton's campaign spent nearly $50 million in August after spending about $38 million in July, according to the campaign's FEC report.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday night blasted the Washington Post over the paper's latest report on the Trump Foundation and how Trump used his charity's funds for personal matters, but the campaign did not address the specifics of the report.

"In typical Washington Post fashion, they’ve gotten their facts wrong. It is the Clinton Foundation that is set up to make sure the Clintons personally enrich themselves by selling access and trading political favors. The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

"There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed," Miller continued. "Mr. Trump is generous both with his money and with his time. He has provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes."

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Law enforcement officials may have gotten a lucky break thanks to not-so-smart moves from the bomber.

Investigators were able to extract call histories from cell phones attached to the bombs that did not detonate in New York and New Jersey to find clues that led them to the suspect, NBC News reported on Monday.

NBC's Pete Williams reported on air that authorities were able to "exploit" cell phones attached to the bomb that did not go off in Manhattan and a bomb that did not fully detonate in Seaside Park, New Jersey, for phone numbers dialed and a fingerprint. Combined with surveillance video, authorities were able to identify Ahmad Khan Rahami.

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After Donald Trump on Friday admitted that President Obama was born in the United States, while also falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement and that he "finished it," members of the Congressional Black Caucus tore into Trump, calling him a bigot and a fraud.

The lawmakers, who were gathered in Washington, D.C. for their annual legislative conference, argued that by pushing the birther movement for years, Trump made an attempt to delegitimize the first black president, and they called out Trump for peddling lies.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) called Trump's Friday comments about the birther movement "deplorable."

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