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

President Donald Trump is considering accommodating changes to the House leadership bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that are favored by its conservative opponents, Politico reported Monday night, citing two unnamed administration officials.

"I think the changes that the conservatives want are more and more likely,” one administration official told Politico.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Tuesday morning said that all Americans will have access to health insurance and the "financial feasibility" to purchase it after repeatedly dodging questions on whether the Republican plan to replace Obamacare will cause people to lose their insurance.

His comments came after the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause 24 million people to lose their health coverage by 2026.

"Every single American will have access and have the financial feasibility to purchase it," Price said on NBC's "Today," noting that the plan provides tax credits to help some people purchase insurance.

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday said that he received a "sufficient" response from the Trump administration about President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama.

"I've talked to all the appropriate people," he told CNN. "I would say from our conversations, what we've gotten are sufficient answers."

Burr would not say whether there is evidence to back up Trump's claim, per CNN.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday distanced himself from Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) comment that "civilization" can't be restored with "somebody else's babies," and said that he hoped the Iowa congressman "misspoke."

"I’d like to think––and I haven’t spoken to Steve about this––I’d like to think that he misspoke and it wasn’t really meant the way that that sounds, and hopefully he’s clarified that," the speaker said in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier.

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A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday said that Ryan does not agree with Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Sunday tweet contending that "civilization" can't be restored "with somebody else's babies."

"The speaker clearly disagrees and believes America’s long history of inclusiveness is one of its great strengths," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement on King's remarks.

She added that the House speaker would address the subject later Monday in an appearance on Fox News with Bret Baier.

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar alleging that the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has an unfair advantage given its ties to the sitting president is likely to face an uphill battle in courts, legal experts told TPM.

It is the second case this year taking aim at President Donald Trump's conflicts of interest. The first was a complaint filed by liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics accusing Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause, which bars the president from receiving payment from foreign governments.

In the complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, lawyers for Cork Wine Bar argue that Trump's link to the hotel amounts to unfair competition. They alleged that his hotel has pulled customers from Cork and other restaurants in the city who think that patronizing the hotel will curry favor with the President.

A court will likely allow the case to proceed based on the injury spelled out in the complaint, but beyond that, it's unclear whether the D.C. restaurant has a chance to succeed in this unprecedented case, experts told TPM.

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