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 Sunday night fundraiser in La Jolla, California, President Obama called out Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for once calling him corrupt, but now boasting in campaign materials that he sponsored legislation later signed by the President.

Issa, who is locked in a tough re-election fight against Democratic challenger retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, recently sent out campaign mailers noting that President Obama signed the Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which Issa co-sponsored. This comes after the Republican congressman and former chair of the House Oversight Committee called the Obama White House "one of the most corrupt administrations" in 2011.

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During a Sunday rally in Naples, Florida, Donald Trump appeared to seek assurance about his candidacy from the crowd.

"When I’m president, if companies want to fire their workers and leave — Are you okay? Listen. When I’m president, this is to me, like, this is why I started. Are we glad that I started? Are we happy?” he asked the audience, according to the Washington Post. “Well, I’ll let you know on the evening of Nov. 8 whether I’m glad.”

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During his rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, on Friday, Donald Trump claimed that Michelle Obama's 2007 line about not being able to run the White House if you can't run your own house was a dig at Hillary Clinton, even though the Obamas have denied that was the case.

"We have a president, all he wants to do is campaign. His wife, all she wants to do is campaign. And I see how much his wife likes Hillary," Trump said. "But wasn't she the one that originally started the statement, if you can't take care of your home — right? — you can’t take care of the White House or the country."

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During his rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, on Friday, Donald Trump told the crowd that he'll be happy with his effort on the campaign trail whether he wins or loses, but later on in his speech, he said losing would make his campaign a "waste of time."

Trump made his initial comment while boasting about his packed campaign rally schedule, saying that he does several events in a day.

"I don't know what kind of shape I'm in but I'll be happy, and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw — and I'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're going to win, but I will be — I will be happy with myself because I always say, I don't want to think back, 'If I only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina by 500 votes, instead of losing it by 200 votes, right? If only I did,'" Trump said. "So I never want to ever look back."

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As Donald Trump refuses to commit to accepting the results of the November election, his surrogates have brought up Al Gore and the Florida recount in the 2000 election.

Gore did request a recount by hand in Florida, but only after an automatic recount found the race to be even closer than the original tally. And once the Supreme Court weighed in and stopped the recount, Gore conceded the race to George W. Bush.

But it goes beyond that.

In a remarkable moment on the floor of the House in January 2001, Vice President Gore presided over the certification of the Electoral College vote – and repeatedly rejected attempts to block the certification by Democratic House members who were continuing to protest Bush's victory.

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Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chair and lieutenant governor of Maryland, told Buzzfeed News on Friday morning that he will not vote for Donald Trump, citing the Republican nominee's appeal to racists.

At a dinner for the magazine Mother Jones, Steele told Buzzfeed News that Trump has "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that."

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Donald Trump abruptly ended an interview with an Ohio television station on Thursday when the reporter asked him to respond to those calling him "racist" and "sexist."

The reporter for Columbus television station WCMH, Colleen Marshall, began to ask Trump, "19 days out from the election, you’ve been labeled a racist, you’ve been called a sexist...?"

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