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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Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Sunday morning defended Trump's claim that a polling place staying open late in Nevada shows that the system is "rigged."

A polling location in Clark County, Nevada, stayed open for about two hours after the polls were set to close for the night to accommodate early voters who had been waiting in line since before the time polls were set to close.

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In a new television ad announced on Thursday, the Donald Trump campaign claims that Hillary Clinton's emails were found on "pervert Anthony Weiner's laptop" and that Clinton and Weiner left exposed "America's most sensitive secrets."

"Hillary Clinton is under FBI investigation again after her emails were found on pervert Anthony Weiner’s laptop," an announcer says in the ad. "America’s most sensitive secrets, unlawfully sent, received and exposed by Hillary Clinton, her staff, and Anthony Weiner. Hillary cannot lead a nation while crippled by a criminal investigation."

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After complaining that "lazy people" would be rewarded by automatically registering residents to vote when they turn 18, the top elections official in Alabama on Wednesday night lashed out at criticism of the state's registration process.

During an interview for Brian Jenkins' upcoming documentary "Answering the Call," Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that automatic voter registration would "cheapen the work" of civil rights leaders who fought for the right to vote.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said on Tuesday that it's too soon for Republicans to begin beating the impeachment drums.

"Well, I think that's premature myself, to be talking about that, because of course she hasn't been elected or sworn into office," Cornyn said of some Republicans' recent impeachment talk, during an interview on 660 AM The Answer's "The Wells Report" first highlighted by CNN. "And unless there is some additional evidence that the FBI director and the DOJ would take to a grand jury, then she is not likely to be convicted of a crime."

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is locked in a tight re-election race, on Wednesday told Republicans already threatening to impeach Hillary Clinton before she is even elected to "calm down" because it will never happen.

"Okay, I'm gonna say, be the adult in the room and say 'calm down, back off, it's not gonna happen.' The fact is we have impeached and removed from office nine federal judges in our history, no members of the executive branch, not a president, not a vice president, not a cabinet officer, so floating that word is usually a fairly reckless thing," Issa told 760 KFMB San Diego radio's "Brett Winterble Show" when asked to respond to those floating impeachment, according to a clip highlighted by CNN.

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Alabama's top election official opposes registering voters automatically when they turn 18 because, as he put it, allowing "lazy people" to register without any effort would "cheapen" the work civil rights leaders put in fighting for everyone's right to vote in the United States.

"I don’t think that just because your birthday comes around, that you ought to be registered to vote," Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said in an interview published online Wednesday for an upcoming documentary by Brian Jenkins "Answering the Call."

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After Donald Trump called out an NBC reporter by name at a rally on Wednesday, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has avoided addressing the issue directly in interviews, refusing to talk about the situation Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

At an event in Miami, Trump complained that the media does not cover the size of the crowds at his rallies, singling out NBC's Katy Tur.

"Katy, you’re not reporting it, Katy,” Trump said. “But there’s something happening, Katy. There’s something happening, Katy!”

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Wednesday said that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, Congress will still continue its investigations regarding her email use.

"Either way, I think the investigations are going to continue," Cornyn told Newsmax radio host Joe Pagliarulo when asked if Congress would keep up its investigations into Clinton if she wins or loses.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has largely avoided weighing in on Donald Trump's candidacy, especially over the past few months, but the senator on Wednesday night urged Kentucky residents to vote for the Republican nominee.

At a rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, McConnell told the crowd that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America," according to the Associated Press.

"If America votes like Kentucky, we'll be fine," he added.

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