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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.

Articles by Caitlin

During an unprecedented off-the-rails press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump fielded several questions about his business ties with Russia, but the candidate never answered the essential question — whether Russian business entities are invested in Trump or his projects.

He repeatedly said that he has "nothing to do with Russia," despite several different variations on the questions from the journalists present at the Trump resort in Doral, Florida.

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Dr. Ada Fisher, a member of the Republican National Committee representing North Carolina, has an interesting theory about the hack of Democratic National Committee emails.

At Trump's rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Fisher told The Guardian that the controversy over the DNC hack is "a false flag to cover up [Clinton]’s transgressions" and "probably the biggest lie I’ve seen."

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Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said Wednesday morning that Trump does not have business interests in Russia, but his answers to questions about Trump's relationship to Russia during an interview with CBS' "This Morning" were vague and left unanswered some of the remaining questions about the extent of Trump's financial ties with Russian interests.

"Trump tweeted yesterday that he has zero investments in Russia, but does Russia have investments in Trump? Would Mr. Trump be willing to release his tax returns to provide transparency on this issue?" CBS' Norah O'Donnell asked Manafort Wednesday morning.

"Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit, and he will not be releasing them," Manafort said in response. "It has nothing to do with Russia. It has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing processes."

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Paul Manafort, chair of the Donald Trump campaign, said on Wednesday morning that Trump still has no plans to release his tax returns despite questions about potential business dealings with Russian interests.

During an interview on CBS' "This Morning," co-host Norah O'Donnell noted that Trump has said that he does not have any investments in Russia.

"But does Russia have investments in Trump?" she then asked. "Would Mr. Trump be willing to release his tax returns to provide transparency on this issue?"

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During an interview with NBC's "Today" that aired Wednesday morning, President Obama said that it is worrisome that Donald Trump has put little effort into learning about certain issues.

NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked Obama if he was concerned about the prospect of Trump having the nuclear codes.

"What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know," Obama said in response.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a friend of Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday suggested that the former secretary of state would change her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, prompting the Clinton campaign to quickly push back against McAuliffe's claim.

"I worry that if we don’t do TPP, at some point China’s going to break the rules -- but Hillary understands this," McAuliffe told Politico. "Once the election’s over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy."

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After the first day of the Democratic convention was frequently interrupted by delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) protesting calls to unify behind Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator told his supporters Tuesday that their jeers would not stop a Donald Trump presidency.

During a breakfast meeting with California delegates, attendees booed when Sanders said that they need to elect Clinton and defeat Trump. The senator then told the crowd that their jeers aren't helpful.

"It is easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump," he said.

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Donald Trump on Monday night acknowledged that his stance on banning people from entering the United States is growing, now that he wants to keep out immigrants from countries where terrorism is prevalent.

"I think my position’s gotten bigger now. I’m talking about territories now," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity when asked if he's changed his position on a Muslim ban. "People don't want me to say Muslim. I guess I prefer not saying it, frankly, myself. So we're talking about territories."

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