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

When explaining his criticism of President Obama's speech this week at a Maryland mosque during Saturday night's Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) worked in a claim that the Obama administration is discriminating against Christian groups.

Rubio criticized Obama for claiming that there is "widespread discrimination against Muslim Americans" before later mentioning discrimination against Christians.

The Florida senator referenced the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have sued the federal government over the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers offer health plans that cover contraceptives.

"I do believe it is important to recognize -- you want to talk about religious discrimination in America. I don't think Barack Obama's being sued by any Islamic groups, but he is being sued by the Little Sisters of the Poor," Rubio said.

He added that there are Christians with "traditional values" who face discrimination as the government forces them to "violate their conscience."

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CNN on Saturday night published a report claiming that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "lies" about the network's reporting on Ben Carson's trip to Florida following the Iowa caucuses, but the outlet quickly changed the post's headline to remove the word "lies."

The initial headline on the piece by media reporter Dylan Byers read, "Ted Cruz lies about CNN at Republican debate." The network then changed the headline to read, "Ted Cruz is wrong about CNN's reporting."

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Updated at 9:07 p.m.

During the Saturday night Republican debate, Ben Carson once again criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his campaign's decision to spread reports that Carson was dropping out of the race during the Iowa caucuses, charging that Cruz has "Washington ethics."

Carson initially said he would not take the opportunity to "savage" Cruz over "ethics," but then proceeded to do just that.

"It gives us a very good example of certain types of Washington ethics. Washington ethics, basically says, if it's legal, you do what you need to do in order to win," Carson said.

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The co-hosts of "The View" on Friday quizzed Ben Carson on his trip home to Florida after the Iowa caucus, which ended up causing a stir when members of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign wrongly told caucusgoers that Carson was actually suspending his campaign.

Carson said that he and his wife simply wanted a quick break from the campaign trail and that he needed new clothes.

"Is it a crime for us to be able to go home and spend a night together in our own home?" he asked.

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Two women have been banned from Tinder after they used the dating app to urge others to support Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential bid, Reuters reported on Friday.

Tinder locked the two womens' accounts after getting several complaints with men who received messages urging them to support Sanders.

"Do you feel the bern?" Robyn Gedrich wrote in Tinder messages, according to Buzzfeed News. "Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks."

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Ben Carson on Thursday continued to hit Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign for spreading rumors during the Iowa caucuses that Carson was dropping out of the race, calling on the Texas senator to punish staffers in a fundraising email on Thursday evening.

"I call on Senator Cruz to take decisive action at a senior level within his campaign or I fear this culture of destructive behavior will only continue," Carson wrote in the fundraising email, according to The Hill.

Carson's email followed reports that members of Cruz's campaign left two voicemails with Iowa precinct captains telling them to use reports that Carson was suspending his campaign to persuade caucusgoers to vote for Cruz. Both voicemails were left after the Carson campaign had clarified that he was not suspending his campaign after the Iowa caucuses, according to Breitbart.

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Donald Trump's comfortable lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary was diminished slightly over the course of the week, though he still leads the race by 19 percentage points, according to a University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

Trump earned 34 percent support among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, down 4 percentage points since the first UMass tracking poll released on Monday.

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The gap between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire has narrowed over the course of the week, though Sanders still holds a comfortable lead in the key early state, according to the University of Massachusetts Lowell tracking poll released on Friday morning.

In the Friday poll, Sanders earned 55 percent support and Clinton earned 40 percent support among likely Democratic voters in the state. Since the UMass tracking poll released on Thursday, Clinton jumped 4 percentage points while Sanders dropped 3 percentage points.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday joked about his mother's disciplinary style during a campaign event in New Hampshire.

He said that former First Lady Barbara Bush is "not as great as everybody thinks she is," according to Politico.

"I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child-abuse hotline available," Bush told the crowd, according to Politico.

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