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 told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night that he thinks that "Islam hates" the United States, and the Republican presidential candidate did not offer a clear contrast between Islam and "radical Islam" when asked.

Cooper asked Trump if he believes "Islam is at war with the West."

"I think Islam hates us," Trump responded. "There’s a tremendous hatred there, there’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."

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During an interview on CNN Wednesday night, host Anderson Cooper quizzed Donald Trump on whether his Trump Steaks business still exists after the Republican presidential candidate brought steaks to a Tuesday night press conference in an attempt to defend his business ventures from Mitt Romney's criticism.

Throughout the interview, Trump avoided acknowledging that he no longer sells Trump Steaks online through the Sharper Image and instead insisted that he still sells steaks.

"The steaks you showed, those aren’t actually Trump Steaks, right?" Cooper asked Trump.

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will meet with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami ahead of the Republican presidential debate there, according to a Washington Post report.

A spokesman for Bush would not confirm to the Post when or where Bush would meet with the candidates. The former governor will not meet with Donald Trump.

During a heated exchange with a Democratic senator, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday that the committee will debate on Thursday how Republicans are handling the prospect of President Obama nominating a Supreme Court justice.

Grassley appeared to be anticipating the chance Democrats committee members will get to lay into him at the previously scheduled Thursday meeting.

"If you want to hear a full-blown debate on this issue, I think we’ll probably have one before our committee tomorrow while we’re also considering three of four judges and a piece of legislation as well," Grassley said during a hearing with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to The Hill.

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A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Wednesday morning pushed back against yet another report indicating that members of the campaign are discussing whether Rubio should drop out before the primary in his home state of Florida.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning told CNN that he had a "conciliatory" phone conversation with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently.

"It was just very conciliatory. We get along well. I like him a lot. I respect him a lot. I think he respects me," Trump said, describing his call with Ryan. "I think he really does respect what I've done. He said it. It's amazing. He said it's amazing."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Ohio secretary of state over his decision not to let 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election vote in the presidential primary.

Sanders argued that Secretary of State Jon Husted discriminated against young black and Latino voters with the rule barring 17-year-olds from participating in the primary, according to the New York Times.

"It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people -- significantly African-American young people, Latino young people -- from participating," Sanders said in a statement, according to CNN.

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Donald Trump maintains a strong lead over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Florida Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 40 percent supported Trump while 24 percent supported Rubio. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 19 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich polled at 5 percent.

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Donald Trump maintains a modest lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Ohio Republican presidential primary, according to a CNN poll released on Wednesday morning.

Among likely Republican voters, 41 percent supported Trump while 35 percent supported Kasich. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) polled at 15 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio polled at 7 percent.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that judging by the state of the Republican presidential primary, Ronald Reagan himself would not be able to win the nomination.

"If Ronald Reagan were alive today seeking the nomination he could no more get the nomination of the Republican party than I could," Biden said in a question and answer session following a meeting with the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. "I'm not joking. What you see is this movement to the extreme in the Republican party."