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

Amid reports that Florida state officials have been banned from using the term "climate change," one South Florida official is continuing to push for the southern part of the state to secede over the state government's failure to recognize and address global warming.

"North Florida is completely indifferent, if not completely oblivious to it," South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris told TPM about rising sea levels impacting southern Florida.

The South Miami City Commission last week passed a resolution proposed by Harris pushing officials to look into secession. The resolution asks that the "Miami-Dade County League of Cities form a committee to investigate the possibility of the creation of South Florida as the 51st state."

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that.

She introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund "the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States," according to the Huffington Post.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night said that the Army's decision to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion was an "acute embarrassment for President Obama."

O'Reilly, who questioned the prisoner swap that brought Bergdahl back to the U.S. after he was held by the Taliban for five years, warned viewers that the five Taliban members released will soon be "free to return to the Afghan battlefield and free to kill Americans if they can."

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After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sent a letter to governors telling them not to comply with new climate change rules from the Environmental Protection agency, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) responded on Wednesday with a short letter calling out McConnell's climate change denial.

"I disagree. Climate change is real. It’s a threat to humanity. We should be working harder to address it, not rolling back efforts to do so," Shumlin wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Huffington Post. "I fully support the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan."

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that he did not receive information from Israel after the country allegedly spied on the Iran nuclear talks, and joked that he "kind of felt left out."

"I was a little surprised at the tone," Corker said in response to the Wall Street Journal report that Israel shared confidential information from the negotiations with U.S. lawmakers, according to The Hill. "Actually, one of my reactions was 'Why haven’t they been coming up here sharing information with me?'"

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on his record in the Senate now that he has officially launched his presidential campaign.

"On your time in the Senate — this is what some of your critics point to — they say, yes you led the fight on certain issues, but what have you actually accomplished?" Kelly asked Cruz on "The Kelly File."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he didn't know what the Republican party's environmental platform is, but he does know that GOP inaction on climate change is Al Gore's fault.

"You know, when it comes to climate change being real, people of my party are all over the board," Graham said after a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations while responding to a question about whether Republicans could work with Democrats to address climate change.

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