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

After Donald Trump complained that his microphone at the first presidential debate was "terrible," the Commission on Presidential Debates issued a short statement Friday saying that the Republican nominee's audio had "issues."

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the statement from the debate commission read.

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House Science Committee Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has taken his climate change denialism crusade to the Securities and Exchange Commission, demanding information about the independent body's new investigation into Exxon.

Smith sent a letter to the SEC on Thursday expressing concern that the commission's probe "advances a prescriptive climate change orthodoxy that may chill further climate change research."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign Friday seized on Donald Trump's middle-of-the-night Twitter tirade against a former Miss Universe to deride the GOP nominee as "unhinged" and thin-skinned.

In a series of tweets of its own, the Clinton campaign said that Trump has a pattern of lashing out when something "gets under his skin" and noted that he has attacked several women's appearances.

Trump's late-night tweetstorm attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado as "disgusting," claimed that she has a "sex tape," and suggested without any evidence that Clinton may have improperly assisted the Venezuelan Machado in obtaining her U.S. citizenship.

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Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he has ever done business in Cuba following a Newsweek report that that the Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts broke the Cuba embargo by paying a consulting firm to explore business opportunities there.

"No. I never did business in Cuba," Trump told New Hampshire television station NH1 when asked about the Newsweek report. "There’s this guy who has very bad reputation as a reporter. You see what his record is. He wrote something about me in Cuba. No I never did anything in Cuba. I never did a deal in Cuba. I heard about it last night for the first time."

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Even though Donald Trump has publicly acknowledged that President Obama was born in the United States, he's still boasting about his role in the birther movement.

New Hampshire television station NH1 asked Trump if he stood by his comments during the Monday night debate that he "did a good job" getting Obama to release his birth certificate. In response, Trump bragged about his success in getting Obama to release his birth certificate and pushed the debunked narrative that Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign started the birther movement.

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Donald Trump has awkwardly gone after Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sex scandals even though his own affair in the 1990s was widely publicized. But the Republican nominee isn't worried about his marriages coming up during the campaign, telling New Hampshire television station NH1 on Thursday that he has a "very good history."

When asked by NH1 whether he would bring up Bill Clinton in the second debate, the Republican nominee first explained why he refrained from doing so in the first debate.

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During a Thursday rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for bragging about "gaming the system" and not paying taxes.

"He spends all of his time just dumping on America," Clinton said. "But then it’s probably true that he hasn’t paid a penny in federal taxes."

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