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

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he is looking into the lease for President Donald Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel.

"I did request from the [General Services Administration] the full unredacted contract,” Chaffetz told reporters, according to Politico. “It’ll be interesting to see what they produce and what their take on it is.”

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The Office of Special Counsel, an agency that protects whistleblowers in the federal government, on Wednesday issued a reminder that any non-disclosure agreements or policies on employee communications must include language notifying federal employees of their whistleblower rights.

"Under the anti-gag provision, agencies cannot impose nondisclosure agreements and policies that fail to include required language that informs employees that their statutory right to blow the whistle supersedes the terms and conditions of the nondisclosure agreement or policy," the OSC press release said.

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Following reports that the Trump administration had ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its website on climate change, the administration reversed its order and will let the site remain active for now, Inside EPA reported Wednesday.

Reuters reported early Wednesday that President Donald Trump's team directed the agency to remove its climate page website that includes research on climate change and data on carbon emissions, citing two unnamed EPA employees.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday night published a tweet threatening to "send in the feds" if Chicago does not reduce its crime rate, and Trump appeared to use numbers shown on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show on Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump's inauguration and move into the White House has not brought an end to his early-morning tweetstorms.

The President on Wednesday morning published a series of tweets to his personal account announcing that he would order an investigation into voter fraud, including a probe into voting by "those who are illegal."

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President Donald Trump is readying several executive orders related to immigration and national security, including actions to build a wall along the Mexican border and to restrict the refugee program, according to several news reports.

Trump is expected to begin by signing an order on Wednesday to start the process of building a wall during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, according to the New York Times. His order to start building the wall will also include provisions to increase staff at Customs and Border Protection and will require the Department of Homeland Security to make public how much aid it gives to Mexico, CNN reported.

CNN reported that Trump will also sign another executive order on Wednesday to get rid of "sanctuary cities," to boost funding for Immigration and Custom Enforcement, and to "direct the federal government to identify criminal aliens in the US."

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After video posted on Facebook Friday showed a group of people in Washington, D.C. shouting at former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), a GOP state legislator introduced legislation to make shouting at a former state official a crime.

Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop, who proposed the bill, told the News and Observer that the legislation would "make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties." Bishop said that offenders of his proposed statute should serve a prison sentence up to five years.

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During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Budget and Management, signaled that he will not fall in line with Trump's views on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Mulvaney has supported major cuts to all three programs and is known as a hard line fiscal conservative on the Hill. His views diverge from those of Trump, who pledged on the campaign trail to leave Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid largely untouched.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Senate Budget Committee's ranking member, on Tuesday noted Mulvaney's difference in opinion with Trump, and asked if he would advise Trump to keep his campaign promises regarding Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

"The only thing I know to do is tell the President the truth," Mulvaney replied, adding that he believes the programs must be reformed in order to remain solvent.

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