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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

During a campaign rally ahead of the Nevada GOP caucus on Tuesday, Donald Trump bragged about how devoted his supporters are, arguing that "murder" would likely not drive them away.

"Even the really dishonest press says Trump’s people are the most incredible," he said, according to a video from Politico. "Sixty-eight percent would not leave under any circumstances. I think that means murder. I think it means anything."

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The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday signed a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declaring that they will not hold hearings for President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a statement from committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

In the letter, the Republican senators noted that they have the power to “withhold” consent of a president’s nominee. They wrote that they want to “ensure the American people are not deprived of the opportunity to engage in a full and robust debate over the type of jurist they wish to decide some of the most critical issues of our time.”

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After President Obama on Tuesday morning revealed his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) threw it right in the trash.

A video uploaded to Twitter shows Roberts holding Obama's proposal to close the prison used to detain terrorists.

"This is what I think of the President’s plan to send terrorists to the United States," Roberts says in the video before crumpling the plan into a ball and throwing it into a wastebasket.

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Facing lawsuits over Kansas' requirement for proof of citizenship to register to vote, Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Saturday railed against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the League of Women Voters, labeling both groups "communist."

"The ACLU and their fellow communist friends, the League of Women Voters — you can quote me on that, the communist League of Women Voters — the ACLU and the communist League of Women Voters sued," Kobach said at the Kansas Republican Party's state convention, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday morning reiterated that Senate Republicans will block President Obama's nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, regardless of who the president puts forward.

"Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent. In this case, the Senate will withhold it," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they've already started making today."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning bashed "disloyal" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for forcing his communications director to resign after he circulated a fake video of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday night said that as president he would actively track down and deport undocumented immigrants, ramping up his rhetoric about immigration.

During an interview on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly asked Cruz if he would round up undocumented immigrants and deport them from the United States.

In response, Cruz said that undocumented immigrants should be deported and noted that he supports building a wall along the southern border.

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Moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Monday said that the Senate should hold confirmation hearings for President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, despite calls from Republican leadership to block any nominee from the President.

"I think the obligation of the Senate is to carefully consider any nominee whom the president submits," Collins told reporters, according to The Hill. "The best way to do that, in my judgement, is public hearings."

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As a protester was removed from Donald Trump's campaign rally in Las Vegas on Monday night, the Republican presidential candidate lamented that his staff had to be "gentle" with the protester.

"You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the ol’ days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks," Trump told the crowd at his rally as a protester was being escorted out of the event, according to video from NBC News.

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Moderate Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Monday strayed from the hard line issued by Senate Republican leaders on President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, calling for the Senate to consider the President's nominee.

"I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider," Kirk wrote in a Monday op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kirk's first public statement on how the Senate should proceed after Scalia's death had been keenly anticipated because he's a moderate Republican facing re-election this year in a closely watched race.

"I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information," he continued. "The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the president’s role in proposing a nominee."

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