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

Though Ken Starr is best known for relentlessly spearheading a string of highly politicized investigations of Bill Clinton, the former prosecutor now seems to have kind words for the former president.

During a panel discussion last week in Philadelphia, Starr called Clinton "the most gifted politician of the baby boomer generation," according to the New York Times.

"His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear," he said. "It is powerful, it is palpable and the folks of Arkansas really understood that about him — that he genuinely cared. The ‘I feel your pain’ is absolutely genuine."

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Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY) said on Monday that Senate Republicans should not have rejected President Obama's Supreme Court nominee outright without waiting to see who the President put forward.

"I’ve never thought that was a good idea. I’ve always thought that the Republicans were wrong, that they should see who the nominee was—actually, the president nominated Judge Garland—and judge him on his abilities, his jurisprudence," Donovan told reporters at an event in Long Island, according to the Observer. "I think it’s one of the things that gets the public upset about politics, that they see things not moving."

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During a campaign rally on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Hillary Clinton's decision not to participate in a proposed Fox News debate in California ahead of the state's primary.

"I was disturbed, but not surprised that Secretary Clinton has backed out of the debate," Sanders said at the Santa Monica, California, rally, according to The Hill. "I think it’s a little bit insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the Californians address the major crises that we face."

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An envoy for North Korea on Monday dismissed Donald Trump's recent comment that he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss nuclear weapons.

"It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think his (Trump's) idea or talk is nonsense," So Se Pyong, the ambassador to the United Nations for North Korea, told Reuters.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday said that if his supporters are able to push his progressive agenda at the Democratic National Convention in July, then the event could get "messy."

"I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it's going to be messy," he told the Associated Press. "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic Party should go."

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Mary Lou Bruner has suggested that President Obama was a prostitute and that humans roamed the earth with dinosaurs, all without hurting her status as the frontrunner for an open seat on the Texas Board of Education.

Comments she made recently to a group of superintendents referencing questionable statistics and non-existent meetings with school officials have provided the only glimmer of hope for her opponents that she could be defeated in the runoff election Tuesday.

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Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) have filed a lawsuit seeking an extension for voter registration in the June 7 presidential primary in California, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

William Simpich, the attorney that filed the lawsuit, told the LA Times that California voters are confused about the primary process in the state. He said that many voters who are not affiliated with a political party are not aware that they can still vote in the open Democratic primary.

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Reporter Michelle Fields, who left Breitbart News after accusing a top aide to Donald Trump of manhandling her, will cover the Trump campaign for the Huffington Post, CNNMoney reported on Sunday.

"After the tumultuous events of the last few months, I am ready to get back to writing and reporting on what is without question the most bizarrely fascinating presidential race of my lifetime (and, perhaps, any lifetime)," Fields said in a Sunday statement, according to CNN.

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