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 on Tuesday defended the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries from concerns aired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other congressional Democrats.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," Obama said at a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, according to the Huffington Post. "When you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts, they are wrong."

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The former mayor of Parma, Mo., on Tuesday said that he believes numerous police officers and city officials resigned from their positions when the town's first black female mayor took office because they believed they would be fired.

Randall Ramsey, who lost his bid for re-election as mayor to Tyrus Byrd, told TPM over the phone on Tuesday that there were "lot of rumors that they were going to be fired."

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Rep. Tony Cárdenas' (D-CA) district director in Panorama City, Calif., was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, Roll Call reported on Tuesday.

Gabriela Marquez officially notified the House last week.

"This is to notify you, pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, that I have received a grand jury subpoena issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California," Marquez wrote to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), according to the Congressional Record.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted on Monday that he did not directly speak with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about holding Armed Services Committee hearings on whether soldiers should be able to carry concealed weapons on military bases.

On Monday evening, McCain mocked Cruz's claim that the two had spoken about the issue.

"I’d be glad to discuss the issue and see if we need a hearing, but it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing me," McCain said.

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One of the Parma, Mo., police officers who resigned just before the town's new mayor took office last week said that he was concerned the new mayor would interfere with his job.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published on Tuesday morning, Rich Medley, the former assistant police chief, said that he feared that he would not be able to work under Tyrus Byrd (pictured above on the right), the city's first black female mayor.

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Hillary Clinton on Monday jabbed Republican presidential candidates for spending so much time attacking her and not discussing the issues.

"I think it’s worth noting that Republicans seem to be talking only about me," Clinton said during a press conference following a roundtable event in New Hampshire, according to Politico. "I don’t know what they'd talk about if I weren't in the race."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday relentlessly mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Texas senator claimed that he had been pushing McCain to hold an Armed Services Committee hearing about Second Amendment rights on military bases.

“I was fascinated to hear that, since I haven’t heard a thing about it from him, nor has my staff heard from his staff," McCain told reporters, according to the Huffington Post.

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Ronnie Paul, Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) older brother, said recently that there's "no difference" between Rand and his father, Ron Paul, philosophically — just when it comes to "implementation."

Libertarian podcaster Israel Anderson asked Ronnie Paul if Rand and his father were the same, according to an audio recording highlighted by Buzzfeed News on Saturday.

Ronnie explained that the father and son have the same libertarian goal, but approach that goal differently.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is mulling a presidential run in 2016, on Monday morning criticized presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) views on foreign policy.

"He has a view of the world that I don't share. He said we shouldn't have any troops in Iraq. He agreed with Obama — that was a disaster," Graham said about Paul on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Generally speaking, he's been more wrong than right. He has an isolationist view of the world that I don't share. And I like him, but he's his father's son."

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As the first black female mayor of Parma, Mo., took office last week, five of the town's six police officers resigned, Missouri television station KFVS reported.

The new mayor, Tyrus Byrd (pictured above on the right), was sworn in on Tuesday evening. Former Mayor Randall Ramsey told KFVS that in addition to the five police officers, the city's attorney, clerk and water treatment plant supervisor resigned due to "safety concerns."

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