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

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Monday morning said that there is not any truth to reports that he is considering dropping off the Republican ticket, despite the fallout from a 2005 video that surfaced on Friday revealing vulgar comments Donald Trump made about women.

"It's absolutely false to suggest that at any point in time we considered dropping off this ticket," he said on CNN. "It's been the greatest honor of my life to have been nominated by my party to be the next vice president of the United States of America."

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Donald Trump donated about $140,000 to state attorneys general or candidates for the office between 2001 and 2003, some of whom were reviewing cases or decisions that would impact the real estate mogul's business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Trump in particular donated to several attorneys general in New York going back to the 1980s, up to the current attorney general, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, according to records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

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Donald Trump has claimed that the 1995 tax documents reported by the New York Times show he's understands "the tax laws better than almost anyone," but the accountant who prepared Trump's taxes that year threw cold water on Trump's claim in an interview published Tuesday.

"I did all the tax preparation. He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature," the Trump family's former tax accountant Jack Mitnick told Inside Edition. "I’m the one who did all the work."

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During the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) offered a policy proposal for addressing the civil war in Syria that differed from comments Donald Trump has made regarding Syria and the fight against the Islamic State.

"If Russia chooses to be involved — and continue, I should say, to be involved — in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo," Pence said during the debate.

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Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller on Wednesday repeatedly insisted that no foreign leader will insult Trump if he is elected president, arguing that the GOP nominee will quickly command respect.

CNN's Alisyn Camerota noted that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has insulted President Obama and asked Miller, "What would Donald Trump do if a president insulted him?"

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In a post-debate interview on Tuesday night, Fox News' host Megyn Kelly pushed Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to defend the Republican nominee's low poll numbers with women, telling Conway that women don't appreciate comments like those Trump made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

While defending Trump's past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Conway tried to pivot to attacking Hillary Clinton, knocking her approval among women.

"Why, in the new CNN poll, is Hillary at 53 percent among women? She’s running as the first female president. There’s something holding her back," Conway said.

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Lauren Fox contributed reporting.

By the time the vice presidential debate came to a close Tuesday night, many conservatives had concluded that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had a better debate performance than Donald Trump and were longing for a Republican presidential ticket with Pence at the top.

When asked if Trump could learn anything from Pence's debate performance, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), a Trump supporter on hand in the post-debate spin room at Longwood University, said, "Yeah, everything."

"I thought Pence did a superior job," Brown added. "Donald Trump, as I said before, missed a lot of easy softball responses last time."

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During the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) forced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to defend his attempt to block funding for Syrian refugees, noting that a federal appeals court panel on Monday ruled that Pence's decision was "discriminatory."

While addressing his plan to address terrorism, Pence noted that he and Donald Trump are "committed to suspending the Syrian refugee program and programs in immigration from areas of the world that have been compromised by terrorism."

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After Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) brought up Donald Trump's comments about immigrants and women, labeling his bid for president an "insult-driven campaign," Gov. Mike Pence (R) responded by lamenting that Hillary Clinton described some Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables."

"I was listening to the avalanche of insults that were coming out of Sen. Kaine a minute ago," Pence said. "He says ours is an insult-driven campaign. Did you all just hear that? Ours is an insult-driven campaign?"

"To be honest with you, if Donald Trump had said all the things you said he said in the way you said he said them, he still wouldn't have a fraction of the insults that Hillary Clinton leveled when she said that half of our supporters were a basket of deplorables," Pence continued. "She said they were irredeemable, they were not American. I mean, it's extraordinary."

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After the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina denied the Donald Trump campaign's request told hold a lengthy private tour for the candidate, the museum has received several threats, the News and Observer reported.

“The callers were threatening to come over and burn down the building and to shoot up the building,” John Swaine, the museum's CEO, told the News and Observer. “They’ve lessened in frequency this week, but they’re still coming in.”

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