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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) trails Donald Trump by just two points among Iowa Republicans, showing the senator closing in on the real estate in the key primary state, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Among likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, Trump received 25 percent support, while Cruz received 23 percent. Cruz has jumped 13 points since Quinnipiac's October poll, which showed Carson leading Trump in the state.

In the poll released on Tuesday, 18 percent of likely caucusgoers supported Carson, down from 28 percent in October.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night quizzed Donald Trump on a chart retweeted by the Republican presidential candidate that incorrectly portrayed how many white people are murdered by black people, telling Trump that the chart was "totally wrong."

Trump on Sunday retweeted this inaccurate, racially charged chart that may have originated with a neo-Nazi Twitter account:

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CNN host Carol Costello on Monday asked Karen Majewski, the mayor of Hamtramck, Michigan, if she was concerned about the growing population of Muslims in her city.

After discussing New York City's monitoring of Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Costello noted that Hamtramck is a "majority-Muslim-American city" and asked Majewski, "Are you afraid?"

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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the public in an interview aired on Sunday that those involved in an active shooting should either run, hide, or fight, adding that if someone is able to take the gunman out, then that's the best way to save lives.

"Your options are run, hide, or fight," Lanier told Anderson Cooper on CBS' "60 Minutes."

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Friday suggested that Syrian refugees are just trying to come to the United States for a "paid vacation," noting how much the federal government spends to resettle refugees.

"We’re paying them about $15,000 a year in free health care, free food, free shelter, free clothing, free transportation," Brooks said on the Dale Jackson Show, according to audio posted by ThinkProgress. "That answers very quickly why so many of them want to come to the United States of America."

"Were paying them to come here," he continued. "It's a paid vacation!"

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After Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor Wednesday condemning the "xenophobic" backlash against Syrian refugees, a strange thing happened. Russell proceeded to vote for the bill clamping down on Syrian refugees entering the United States, which Russell had just called a "knee-jerk" reaction to the attacks in Paris.

So what happened? Why the change of heart?

In an exclusive interview Friday with TPM, Russell revealed what transpired.

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Donald Trump on Friday pushed back against reports that he proposed creating a database of Muslims living in the United States, arguing that he made the comments in response to a question from a reporter.

In the same tweet noting the origins of his remarks about tracking American Muslims, Trump called for a "watch list," though he did not specify who the list would target.

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