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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.

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An aide to members of Donald Trump's family on Wednesday defended Trump's personal use of funds from his foundation, arguing that some third party donations should count as Trump's money.

"A lot of times Mr. Trump will give a speech somewhere or he’ll raise money in some way and he asks that that entity, instead of cutting a personal check to him, cut it to his charity," Lynne Patton told the Des Moines Register. “That’s money that otherwise would’ve been in his personal account, right?”

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning addressed the second night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal shooting of a black man by police, describing the situation as "very sad."

"It's very divided, our country, and it's getting worse, so I'm not overly surprised to see it, but it's happening," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "It just seems that there's a lack of spirit between the white and the black."

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning said that when he proposed using "stop and frisk" policing techniques to address crime during a town hall with Fox News' Sean Hannity, he was referring specifically to Chicago.

"I was really referring to Chicago with stop and frisk. They asked me about Chicago," Trump said Thursday morning on "Fox and Friends."

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A protester is in critical condition after being shot during another night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott.

The city of Charlotte initially reported in a tweet that the protester was fatally shot, but the individual is in critical condition. The protester was reportedly shot by another civilian, according to CNN and NBC News.

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During a campaign event in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton addressed the recent shootings of black men by police officers in Oklahoma and North Carolina, offering her condolences for the families.

"We are safer when communities respect the police and police respect communities," Clinton said, telling the crowd that Americans need to work together to "build trust" and end violence.

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During a Tuesday rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump told the audience about how much he enjoys using other people's money following a report in the Washington Post detailing how Trump used money from his foundation for personal matters.

“It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money,” Trump said while calling for the Gulf states to pay for safe zones in Syria. “Because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk of it and it takes the risk."

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Donald Trump's campaign increased its spending in the month of August and added to its campaign coffers, but the Republican nominee still lags behind Hillary Clinton's campaign in both spending and fundraising.

The Trump campaign spent almost $30 million in August, after spending $18.5 million in July, according to FEC reports filed Tuesday night. Clinton's campaign spent nearly $50 million in August after spending about $38 million in July, according to the campaign's FEC report.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday night blasted the Washington Post over the paper's latest report on the Trump Foundation and how Trump used his charity's funds for personal matters, but the campaign did not address the specifics of the report.

"In typical Washington Post fashion, they’ve gotten their facts wrong. It is the Clinton Foundation that is set up to make sure the Clintons personally enrich themselves by selling access and trading political favors. The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

"There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed," Miller continued. "Mr. Trump is generous both with his money and with his time. He has provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes."

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