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

Washington state Democrats plan on introducing legislation next year that will counteract the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, which allowed some employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage for employees.

Senate Democrats on Thursday said that the legislation would ensure that all women have access to health insurance with birth control coverage, the News Tribune reported.

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Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday said that she had a story on terrorist social media use that predicted the way the Islamic State group disseminates its message, noting that her story was similar to comments made recently by President Obama.

"Two years ago I was being told by military and intelligence officials some of the same things President Obama just said Sunday in the 60 Minutes interview, about how terrorists were using social media to exploit the vulnerabilities where these Arab Spring uprisings had happened," she said on Fox News' "Media Buxx," according to video recorded by Mediaite. "I proposed a story at CBS that would look at the regional impact of what was going on rather than the country-by-country crisis, to look in the big picture, because my sources were saying that these things were connected."

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Chuck Todd on Sunday grilled Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on a Texas abortion law that was upheld on Thursday, forcing more abortion clinics in the state to close their doors.

"One of the things about the Republican party is you don't like a lot of regulation on businesses, except if the business is a abortion clinic," Todd said to Priebus. "80 percent of these abortion clinics in Texas are going to be basically out of business because of this new law. Too much regulation, is that fair?"

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PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien on Sunday bemoaned the media's coverage of Ebola, criticizing Fox News in particular.

"I wish everybody could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them. And that’s what we’re seeing here. It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better," he said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

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In a cold open "60 Minutes" segment, the Saturday Night Live cast mocked President Obama's comments on the Islamic State and the recent security breaches at the White House.

"Steve Kroft," played by Beck Bennett, asked "Obama," played by Jay Pharoah, if he really did underestimate the threat posed by ISIL.

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Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) has a two point lead over Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) among likely voters in the Iowa Senate race, according to an NBC/Marist poll released Sunday.

Among likely voters, 46 percent said they would support Ernst while just 44 percent said they would support Braley. Yet among registered voters, 44 percent said they would support Ernst and 45 percent said they would back Braley.

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Independent candidate Greg Orman has a ten point lead over incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R) with likely and registered voters in the Kansas Senate race, according to an NBC/Marist poll released Sunday.

Among likely voters, 48 percent said they would support Orman while only 38 percent said they would support Roberts. Among registered voters, 46 percent said they would support Orman and just 36 percent said they would vote for Roberts.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday cast doubt on concerns that undocumented immigrants will cross the southern border into the United States with Ebola or that terrorists will use the disease as a weapon.

Lawmakers, candidates and pundits have expressed concern that the disease will enter the U.S. either from immigrants or due to terrorism, prompting "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace to ask Fauci about potential threats.

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