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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was quick to pounce on a report that former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the names of U.S. persons be unmasked in intelligence reports discussing Donald Trump and his transition staffers as proof the Obama administration used intelligence agencies to target the President.

"This is eerily similar to what Trump accused them of, which is eavesdropping on conversations for political reasons," Paul said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday ordered the Justice Department to review agreements with police departments for reform made during the Obama administration.

Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department investigated several police departments, looking for patterns of discrimination and excessive force, and made agreements known as consent decrees with some departments.

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In an interview published Sunday in the Financial Times, President Donald Trump warned that the United States will act alone to address North Korea's nuclear threat if China does not help the U.S. increase pressure on North Korea.

“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump told the Financial Times. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went golfing with President Donald Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia and left the outing saying he was hopeful that Republicans could repeal Obamacare.

"We had a great day with the President. Played some golf, and we talked and we talked about a little bit of health care. I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare," Paul told White House pool reporters on Sunday afternoon.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon fiercely defended House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes' (R-CA) visit to the White House complex last week to view intelligence reports purportedly showing President Donald Trump and his transition team were swept up in surveillance of foreign nationals.

"What occurred between Chairman Nunes and coming here was both routine and proper," Spicer said at the daily press briefing, adding that Nunes had the "appropriate credentials and clearances."

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