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

The Hillary Clinton campaign released a new attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday, using a letter from 10 national security experts and former diplomats to question his foreign policy knowledge.

"Over the past four debates, the subject of ISIS and Iran have come up a number of times. These are complex and challenging times, and we need a Commander in Chief who knows how to protect America and our allies and advance our interests and values around the world," the experts wrote in the letter highlighted by Clinton's campaign in a press release. "The stakes are high. And we are concerned that Senator Sanders has not thought through these crucial national security issues that can have profound consequences for our security."

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday said that he does not want Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to win the Iowa caucuses or the Republican presidential nomination, citing Cruz's position on ethanol.

When asked during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona if he wants Cruz to lose the race, Branstad replied, "Yes," according to Des Moines television station WHO-TV.

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The Maricopa County Republican Party reiterated on Saturday that it's no fan of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), voting to endorse "anyone but McCain" for the Republican primary in the 2016 Senate race in Arizona.

"The ‘Anyone But McCain’ sentiment expressed by the grassroots Republicans perfectly mirrors the dissatisfaction of the millions of everyday Arizonans who are tired of an out-of-control federal government," the county party's chairman, Tyler Bowler, said in a statement after the party approved the resolution, according to Phoenix television statement 12 News.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it will not take up a lawsuit filed by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging President Obama's executive actions allowing certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

Arpaio, known for his anti-immigrant sentiments and birtherism, has asked the courts to block the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs, which allow those undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and parents of permanent residents to defer their deportation from the country. Arpaio argued that the programs motivated immigrants to come to the U.S. He also said that the program would result in police arresting more undocumented immigrants for crimes, which would burden law enforcement and impact available jail space.

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Donald Trump has said he will make make a special announcement with a special guest during a rally in Iowa on Tuesday evening, fueling speculation that former vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might endorse him, Politico reported.

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Donald Trump told a Washington Post reporter that he would sue the paper if the Post chose to run a story about the real estate mogul's casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that went bankrupt in 1991.

The Washington Post reported that even though he had criticized high-interest loans called junk bonds and said his reputation as a businessman would win him low interest rates, Trump ended up using junk bonds to raise the $675 million needed to finish building the Taj Mahal casino. The real estate mogul eventually defaulted on those loan payments and the casino filed for bankruptcy, according to the Post.

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The Republican National Committee announced on Monday that it had officially ended its partnership with NBC News for a February Republican presidential debate after suspending its relationship with the network in October.

"The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in the February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25 in Houston at a location to be decided," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "The RNC is ensuring the partnership with Telemundo and conservative partners National Review and Salem Communications will continue as planned."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday night said that he does not regret saying that former President Bill Clinton's past behavior was "totally disgraceful and unacceptable," but noted that he did not bring up the issue himself and that he will continue to debate Hillary Clinton on the issues.

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, moderator Andrea Mitchell asked Sanders if he regretted his response about Bill Clinton's behavior during a town hall earlier in the month.

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During the Sunday Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Republican politicians who do not take climate change seriously, calling out Donald Trump for his theory that the concept of global warming was created by the Chinese.

"It is amazing to me, and I think we'll have agreement on this up here, that we have a major party called the Republican Party that is so owned by the fossil fuel industry, and their campaign contributions, that they don't even have the courage, the decency to listen to the scientists," Sanders said. "It is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a president of the United States, somebody like Trump who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese."

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