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

President Obama told Politico in an interview published on Monday morning that the Republican party has made a major transformation since he ran against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 presidential election.

"You think about it: When I ran against John McCain, John McCain and I had real differences, sharp differences, but John McCain didn’t deny climate science," Obama said on Politico's "Off Message" podcast. "John McCain didn’t call for banning Muslims from the United States… [The] Republican vision has moved not just to the right, but has moved to a place that is unrecognizable."

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Donald Trump still has a commanding lead in the Republican presidential primary with 34 percent support from Republican primary voters, according to a Fox News national poll released on Friday.

Trailing Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received 20 percent support, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) received 11 percent support, and Dr. Ben Carson received 8 percent support.

The standings remain mostly unchanged from the last Fox News national poll two weeks ago when Trump led with 35 percent support and Cruz followed with 20 percent support.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked his advisers to create a campaign plan for an independent presidential bid since the billionaire sees a potential opening in the race, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Bloomberg has told friends that he is considering spending at least $1 billion on the race and that he will decide on a run by early March, according to the New York Times.

He has said he's likely to launch a bid if Republicans nominate either Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Democrats nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), according to the Times.

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