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

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday evening confronted Hillary Clinton over her recent attacks on her main rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), specifically the Clinton campaign's criticisms of Sanders' health care proposal.

Maddow noted that the Clinton campaign has said that Sanders "can't level with the American people" about how much his health care proposal would cost. The campaign this week has complained that the Sanders campaign won't reveal specifics of how his single-payer health system would be paid for, and both Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have expressed concern that Sanders' plan would give too much power to governors.

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As legal experts and politicians continue to question whether it's clear that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is eligible to run for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday asked a Florida court to a dismiss a complaint that argues the Florida senator is not a "natural born citizen," the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday.

In December, a Fort Lauderdale man filed a complaint against both Rubio and Cruz, writing that both senators are "naturalized citizens, or at the very least, simply fail to comply with the common law Supreme Court established definition of natural born citizen," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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When asked about the federal government's role in addressing tension between the police and minority communities during a meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board on Wednesday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush brought up black-on-black shooting rates.

The Republican presidential candidate talked specifically about whether the government has a role in addressing police shootings when it comes to civil rights issues. He said he supported the government becoming involved when there is "overt discrimination."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Wednesday said that fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) insistence that his eligibility to run for president is "settled law" is misleading.

"Look, I have read a lot about this, and here is what I would say: The statement of Sen. Cruz that this is settled law is inaccurate. It is not settled law," Santorum told reporters in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. "The Supreme Court has not ruled on it. This is an area for the Supreme Court to rule. You know me, I am not a big Supreme Court lover, but on this type of issue, this is a clear interpretation that the Supreme Court is, in fact, the body that would weigh in and make this decision."

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Wednesday defended recent criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) health care proposal, calling on the senator to release details about his plan and how he would pay for it.

Recently, the Clinton campaign has stepped up attacks on Sanders, arguing that his plan for a single-payer health care system would raise taxes on the middle class and leave the implementation of the plan up to governors, who could refuse to cooperate.

Chelsea Clinton this week warned that Sanders' plan would dismantle Obamacare and give too much power to governors.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accepted a loan from Goldman Sachs, his wife's employer, to help him contribute personal funds to his 2012 Senate campaign, but he did not disclose the loan in campaign finance reports, according to a report published in the New York Times on Wednesday.

Although Cruz did not include the loan on disclosure forms filed to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), he later disclosed the Goldman Sachs loan, as well as another loan from Citibank, to the Senate, according to the Times.

The Texas senator defended his actions on Wednesday evening, noting that he did disclose the loan in some form, even if he failed to do so with the FEC.

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Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show, has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, the campaign announced on Wednesday.

In a video showing the two duck hunting together, Robertson lists the qualities he's looking for in a presidential candidate, demanding that his choice be willing to "kill a duck and put him in a pot and make ‘em a good duck gumbo."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday blasted Hillary Clinton over her campaign's recent criticism of his health care proposals.

"Hillary Clinton once said it 'undermined core Democratic values' and gives 'aid and comfort' to the special interests and 'their allies in the Republican Party' for Democrats to attack each other’s health care plans. Today, in another flip-flop, she’s doing exactly what she once decried," a statement from Sanders' campaign reads.

"Clinton’s attacks on a Democratic Party rival over universal health care marks a very public flip flop by her and her campaign. She is now using the same Karl Rove tactics she once decried in this video," the statement continues, linking to a video of Clinton criticizing Barack Obama's presidential campaign for attacking her proposal for universal health care during the 2008 campaign.

Over the past few days, Clinton's campaign has been critical of Sanders' proposal for universal health care. The former secretary of state suggested in November that Sanders' plan would raise taxes on the middle class. And this week, she characterized his state-based plan as a "risky deal" that would turn "over your and my health insurance to governors."

While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Chelsea Clinton expanded on her mother's characterization of Sanders' plan. Chelsea Clinton warned voters against Sanders' health care policy and argued that his state-based, single-payer plan would give too much power to governors, who could block the plan's full implementation.

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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Wednesday said that the Obama administration is prepared to "aggressively defend" the United States' plans to accept refugees from Syria as some American lawmakers demand that the government apply stricter background checks to refugees from Syria and Iraq.

When asked at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C. how the administration will address some lawmakers' calls for the government to apply greater scrutiny to certain refugees entering the country, McDonough said that the administration sees the resettlement of Syrian refugees as a priority and also as a policy it will have to defend.

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