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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

Donald Trump on Wednesday morning finally spoke out about the controversy surrounding Melania Trump's speech, with a tweet celebrating the amount of attention her remarks received and ignoring the fact that commentary about the speech largely focused on plagiarism.

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During his search for a vice presidential running mate, Donald Trump was looking for someone willing to take charge of domestic and foreign policy, according to a Wednesday morning report in the New York Times.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich if he was interested in being the vice presidential candidate, telling a Kasich adviser that the governor would become the most powerful vice president in history, according to an unnamed Kasich adviser cited by the New York Times.

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During his speech at the Republican convention on Tuesday, Dr. Ben Carson tried to tie Hillary Clinton to Lucifer with a bizarre side note about Saul Alinsky, a progressive activist who Clinton wrote about in her college thesis.

Carson brought up Alinsky while warning against "secular progressives," diverting from his speech script.

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Although it became clear fairly quickly after Melania Trump's Monday night speech that her remarks has used significant portions from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech, the Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday morning struggled to acknowledge the plagiarism.

Initially, the campaign issued a bizarrely vague statement in the middle of the night that failed to acknowledge directly that the speech included lines from Michelle Obama's speech. And then campaign chair Paul Manafort spent much of Tuesday morning denying that the campaign had plagiarized parts of the speech at all.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday morning brushed off questions about the portions of Melania Trump's Monday night speech lifted from the speech Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.

Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's "Today," asked Christie if he could "make a case for plagiarism."

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Hillary Clinton on Monday tore into Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' Charlie Rose, charging that Trump has "no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself."

She noted that he's called for reinstating waterboarding and would "order the American military to commit war crimes."

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Paul Manafort, the chairman of the Donald Trump campaign, on Tuesday morning denied that Melania Trump's Monday night speech used part of Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 Democratic convention, arguing that Melania Trump's speech used "common words."

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech," Manafort said on CNN's "New Day" when co-host Chris Cuomo asked about the speech "cribbing" from the now-First Lady. "These were common words and values — that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy."

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