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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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday responded to a question about Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio, last year, by discussing the Chicago police department.

"I think that Chicago’s got a lot of work to do to rebuild trust. The level of violence is abhorrent," Bush responded when asked about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who shot Rice, according to video from CNN.

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The Georgia attorney general on Wednesday issued a formal opinion that Georgia cannot legally block Syrian refugees from settling in the state, even though Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has pushed to keep refugees from the war-torn country from receiving benefits like food stamps.

Attorney General Sam Olens wrote that he is "unaware of any law or agreement that would permit a state to carve out refugees from particular countries from participation in the refugee resettlement program, no matter how well-intended or justified the desire to carve out such refugees might be," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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A few New Hampshire residents, including a reporter, said they were listed as town chairs supporting Donald Trump's presidential bid even though they don't recall signing up for the slot and don't plan on supporting the candidate.

Daymond Steer, a reporter with the Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire, noticed last week that he was listed at Trump's town chair in Tamworth even though he does not remember signing up for the role.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in 2002 used his position as majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives to help his brother-in-law, a convicted drug trafficker just released from prison, obtain a real estate license in the state, according to a Washington Post report.

Rubio sent a letter to the Florida Division of Real Estate recommending Orlando Cicilia for a license, but did not disclose that Cicilia was married to his sister, Barbara, according to records obtained by the Post. Rubio only wrote that he had known Cicilia for more than 25 years. Cicilia was also living with Rubio's parents at the time, and still lives with Rubio's mother, according to the Post.

The state of Florida approves the licenses of convicted felons on a case-by-case basis and granted Cicilia a license after a hearing before the Real Estate Division in 2002, according to the Post.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has pulled major television ad buys from Iowa and South Carolina as the presidential candidate struggles in the polls, the Des Moines Register reported on Wednesday.

Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz told the Des Moines Register that the campaign cancelled a $1 million television ad buy in Iowa and a $2 million buy in South Carolina.

Bush is polling in the single digits in both key primary states.

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Police on Wednesday arrested and charged 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore with arson following a fire on Christmas day at a mosque in Houston, according to local television station KTRK.

According to a court filing by the police, Moore used a charcoal lighter to set fires in five different places in the mosque. Police used surveillance footage to identify the suspect, and then searched Moore's home, according to the court filing. Police found a charcoal lighter in the home that appears to be part of a pair, one of which was found at the mosque.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to use Bill Clinton to attack Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and said that his recent comments may have prompted the former Secretary of State not to mention Trump on the trail again.

During a rally in South Carolina, Trump noted that Clinton has "been hitting me really hard with the woman card." Clinton last week said that Trump has "demonstrated a penchant for sexism." In response to her comment, Trump criticized former President Bill Clinton, alluding to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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During a contentious radio interview last week, John Whitbeck, the chair of the Virginia Republican Party, fiercely defended the party's requirement that primary voters sign a statement saying they are Republican, rebutting the argument that it is an attempt to hurt Donald Trump.

The Virginia state board of elections earlier this month approved the state GOP's plan to require residents voting in the Republican primary to sign a statement declaring that they are Republicans. Donald Trump on Sunday tore into the state Republican party over the pledge, arguing that it will keep new voters from participating in the primary.

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Given his recent comments about Bill Clinton, Donald Trump on Tuesday night told a reporter that his own personal behavior would also be fair game during the presidential campaign.

Trump this week alluded to the Monica Lewinsky scandal in response to Hillary Clinton accusing him of sexism, and he said that her husband's past would be "fair game" during the campaign.

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