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

Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman and transportation secretary under President Obama, does not believe the president followed through on his promise to push for bipartisanship.

"Bipartisanship is in his DNA. I’m proof of it," LaHood told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday. "But time and intervening circumstance didn’t allow him to do it in the way that he would have wanted to."

LaHood told the Times that he was quickly disappointed after joining the Obama administration when Democrats pushed for an economic stimulus package without much support from Republicans.

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Charles Koch on Wednesday said that he will likely refrain from openly backing a candidate in the Republican presidential primary, and will instead wait until the general election to throw his support behind the nominee.

"I have no plans to support anybody in the primary now," he told USA Today.

Koch said that he does not decide who to support based solely on what they say on the campaign trail.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night challenged Donald Trump over the Republican presidential candidate's support for the deportation model used by Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, noting that the former president's removal of immigrants at the time was "brutal."

O'Reilly first asked Trump if he knew what Eisenhower named the deportation program.

"I do but I don’t like the term. I wouldn’t use the term," Trump responded, alluding to the program's title, "Operation Wetback." O'Reilly said he was referring to another name for the deportation effort, "bracero."

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As part of an ongoing feud over Bill O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Reagan," the Fox News host told conservative commentator George Will that he is scrutinizing O'Reilly's book because he is "jealous."

Will, a Fox News contributor, wrote two columns in the Washington Post questioning O'Reilly's theory that the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan caused the former president's mental decline and his Alzheimer's disease. The first Washington Post column prompted O'Reilly to accuse Will of libel.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning explained that he will deport undocumented immigrants from the United States if elected president with a "deportation force" that removes people "humanely."

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Trump said that the U.S. has conducted mass deportations in the past while discussing his plan to boot all undocumented immigrants from the country.

"Look, we have to do what we have to do, and Ike did it and other people have done it," he said, alluding to Dwight Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" in the 1950s, a model Trump has cited before. The former president deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants and dropped them off in remote areas of Mexico without the means to travel home.

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Fox Business Network's Republican presidential debate on Tuesday drew 13.5 million viewers, close to the 14 million viewers who tuned in to the CNBC debate in October, according to Nielson Media Research.

The Tuesday night debate was also streamed online, and spokesperson for Fox Business Network also told CNN that the stream hit 1.4 million concurrent viewers, more than the 1.3 million who tuned in for NBC's Super Bowl livestream.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday night tore into an ad that ran during the Fox Business Network debate that criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and portrayed Warren as a dictator on a red banner at an oppressive CFPB office.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday night attempted to laugh off his inability to list all five agencies he wants to eliminate as part of his tax plan when answering a question during the debate.

Cruz named only four agencies, listing the Department of Commerce twice.

After the Fox Business Network Debate, Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Cruz about his "Rick Perry moment," alluding to the moment during a 2012 presidential debate when the former Texas governor was unable to recall all three federal agencies he wanted to abolish.

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Following a heated argument with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over the weekend, Washington Post columnist and Fox contributor George Will attacked O'Reilly's latest book, "Killing Reagan," in a Tuesday column.

Will last week criticized the book and O'Reilly's theory that the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan caused the former president's mental decline and contributed to his Alzheimer's disease. O'Reilly brought Will onto his show on Friday night, where he accused the columnist of libel in a heated argument over the sources O'Reilly used to support his hypothesis.

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