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

Joe Scarborough on Thursday said that the prominent conservatives must be feeling "exposed" now that their anti-government hero Cliven Bundy was quoted wondering if African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."

“This has happened before. It happened when conservatives raced blindly to put their arms around George Zimmerman, a man who they didn’t realize who gets in all these troubles," Scarborough said. "Because they basically pick their friends based on who their friends’ ‘enemies’ are. In this case, you have a lot of people in conservative media have raced to this guy’s defense. And they must be feeling very exposed this morning.”

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Cliven Bundy's militia supporters came to his defense on Thursday after reports of a racist tirade last weekend in which the Nevada rancher wondered if "the Negro" was "better off" under slavery.

"There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be," a post on the official Bundy Ranch Facebook page reads. "Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone."

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday slammed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's comments about "the Negro" and whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."

"Bundy's comments are completely beyond the pale. Both highly offensive and 100 percent wrong on race," Priebus said in a statement on Thursday.

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday said that Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's comments published in the New York Times, in which he wondered if African-Americans were "better off as slaves," would not impact Las Vegas' chance to hold the GOP convention.

"The convention decisions are made in pretty much a vacuum. It’s not Las Vegas’ fault," Priebus said on the conservative "Coffee and Markets" podcast when asked about Bundy's comments and the convention. "No matter where you fall on this issue, with regard to this land out in Nevada, I don't think it has anything to do with whether Las Vegas is a worthy place for a convention."

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A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don't work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow lawmakers.

"Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do," state Rep. Will Infantine (R) said during a speech on a paycheck fairness bill. "Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors."

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Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is recovering after successful heart surgery on Tuesday, according to a statement from his office.

The senator was diagnosed with acute aortic dissection and admitted for surgery immediately. Doctors said that Boozman responded well to the procedure and is still at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. while he continues to recover.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday asked a Cliven Bundy supporter how the "militia" that defended the ranch in its standoff with the federal government this month differs from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

After discussing that Bundy broke the law by refusing to pay his grazing fees, O'Reilly quizzed Scott Shaw, co-founder of the Oklahoma Volunteer Militia, about conscientious objectors.

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Obama Prepares For DHS Shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama convened a meeting with key administration officials on Friday…