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

Donald Trump's transition team has been discussing plans to make dramatic budget cuts to government entities conservatives have long tried to hamstring, according to The Hill.

The Hill reports that the proposed budget would completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and would privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The Trump team is also looking to make major budget cuts at the Transportation, Justice, and State departments, The Hill reported. The plan in the works would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, according to The Hill.

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Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday morning accused Democrats of not working with Republicans to quickly confirm the President-elect's cabinet nominees.

"It really speaks volumes that the Democratic leadership is not working with us to ensure a continuity of government," Spicer said.

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Sean Spicer, Donald Trump's incoming White House press secretary, on Thursday morning offered a glimpse of Trump's inaugural address, describing it as "less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document."

"It’s going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country," Spicer said at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has lowered his expectations for confirmation votes in the Senate on Inauguration Day, blaming Democrats for slowing down the process.

McConnell had initially set the goal of confirming six or seven nominees on the same day as Donald Trump's swearing in, but he told USA Today on Wednesday that the Senate will likely vote on just three nominees on Inauguration Day. The Senate confirmed seven nominees on the day of President Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not realize exactly what the position of energy secretary entails when he accepted Donald Trump's offer to lead the department, the New York Times reported Wednesday evening.

Perry was prepared to represent the American energy sector abroad and did not understand that he would be charged with overseeing the United States' nuclear arsenal, according to the New York Times.

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Donald Trump plans on displaying the United States military's strength when he becomes president by having troops march in parades.

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday morning. “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military."

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Tuesday weighed in on the battle between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), saying that the civil rights icon has not contributed anything since the civil rights era.

"I've served with John Lewis now for quite some time," King said of Lewis on WHO Iowa radio's "Mickelson in the Morning," according to a clip surfaced by CNN. "I don't know that we've ever found ourselves where we've been working together on legislation in that way. But I have long contemplated the idea of just going to the floor and saying, 'John Lewis, thank you for your contribution to civil rights during the civil rights era. I would appreciate it if you would contribute something since then. It's been a half a century.' And a number of us have watched that and said, 'He trades off of it.' I guess that's fine. But he should be doing some other things too. And I haven't seen it happen from him."

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Donald Trump will not let go of his tiff with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) over the civil rights icon's decision to boycott Trump's Inauguration.

During an interview that aired Wednesday morning on "Fox and Friends," Trump noted that Lewis at first incorrectly stated that Trump's will be the first Inauguration he skips. Lewis' office has acknowledged that the congressman also skipped George W. Bush's swearing in.

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Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Education, acknowledged during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday night that the President-elect described sexual assault in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape.

In the tape, which surfaced in October, Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and kissing them without permission.

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