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

Republicans in Utah introduced a measure that would alter their oath of office so that lawmakers would swear to the state constitution before the U.S. constitution.

Rep. Kraig Powell (R) initially proposed a constitutional amendment to change the language in the oath from "this state" to "the State of Utah."

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Tuesday said that the outbreak of measles in the Western U.S. may have been started by "illegal aliens."

The recent measles outbreak has caused some politicians to take a stance on whether vaccines for children should be mandatory in the U.S. Numerous conservative lawmakers have argued that parents should not be forced to vaccinate their kids, while some Republicans have argued that vaccinations are safe and necessary.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday said he believes children should be vaccinated, but he said he supports exemptions for people with certain religious beliefs.

Cruz said that there is "widespread agreement" that children should be vaccinated, but he added that states should be in charge of deciding whether vaccines are mandatory, according to Politico. He also said that states should consider exceptions for those with "good faith, religious convictions."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly joined her colleague Bill O'Reilly Monday night to discuss how the issue of vaccinations will have an impact on the 2016 race, where she declared her support for mandatory vaccination.

"In defense of those who have not vaccinated their children, they were given bad information years ago by a UK study that came out in 1998, but now there’s good information," she said on "The O'Reilly Factor."

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Kaci Hickox, a nurse who was quarantined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, slammed the governor's recent remarks on vaccinations.

Christie on Monday said that parents should have "some measure of choice" when it comes to vaccinating their kids after he was asked about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. His office later clarified that the governor thinks there is "no question" children should be vaccinated for measles.

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