Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump has made it through the first Republican presidential primary debate and, according to an NBC News poll, remains the undisputed frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Still, the fallout from his comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly and dysfunction within the ranks of his campaign team could further complicate the direction of his campaign from here on out.

Just before the first Republican primary debate of the election cycle kicked off, New York Magazine reported that Trump's campaign was going through some particularly rough growing pains as the new and old guard duked it out over strategy. Those tensions came to a head over the weekend in what the Trump campaign said was the firing of a top adviser.

Here's a quick guide to those personalities who are running the day-to-day of Trump's campaign or exerting their influence on the candidate from the outside. Several Trump associates have already spectacularly flamed out as well.

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump came out swinging during Thursday's primetime Republican primary debate -- but not against the other presidential contenders.

Instead, Trump swiped at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly when she posed a question about the billionaire's record of making unsavory comments about women.

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