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

Budget expert Stan Collender calculates that there is a 75 percent change that the federal government will shut down at the end of the month.

Collender, an executive vice president at Qorvis MSL Group, wrote in Politico Magazine on Sunday that there's not enough time in the Congressional calendar to pass a full budget and that congressional Republicans' push to defund Planned Parenthood will make even a temporary funding measure difficult to negotiate.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday criticized NBC's Chuck Todd for asking Republican presidential candidates like Ben Carson whether they would support a Muslim candidate for president, and then offered the assurances he would need from a Muslim candidate.

"This is a dumb game that the press is playing. It is an absurd hypothetical question," he said in a Monday statement.

But he added that he would "indulge the media for a moment and play their gotcha game."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized Hillary Clinton on Sunday for a "disgraceful" new ad from a liberal group that criticizes former President George W. Bush and highlights Jeb Bush's defense of his brother.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not back up his fellow Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson when asked about the retired neurosurgeon's comment that Muslims should not be president of the United States.

"You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist," Cruz said at a Sunday taping of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press," according to the Des Moines Register.

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Presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday criticized Pope Francis for praising leaders in the United States and Cuba for working to normalize the relationship between the two countries.

"I just think the pope is wrong," Christie said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The fact is that his infallibility is on religious matters, not on political ones."

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday criticized Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's assertion that a Muslim should not be president of the United States.

"You know, this is the year 2015," Sanders told reporters in New Hampshire on Sunday, according to the Washington Post. "You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas on what they stand for. … I was very disappointed in Dr. Carson’s statement."

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday criticized President Obama for nominating an openly gay man to be the Army's secretary, charging that the President only did so to curry favor with the LGBT community.

"It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," Huckabee said in a statement, according to CNN. "Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he's nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night touted his role as a member of the Bush family while discussing how he would improve the United States' relationship with other countries as president.

"Name a country in the world where our relationship is better today than the day that Hillary of Clinton became secretary of state," Bush said during a speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan, according to CNN.

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