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

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the national co-chair of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign, said on Friday that in retrospect, it wasn't a great idea for Cruz to bring up Donald Trump's "New York values" during the Thursday night Republican presidential debate.

During an interview on CNN's "New Day," co-host Chris Cuomo asked King whether Cruz went too far with that line of attack.

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Hillary Clinton on Friday morning defended New Yorkers from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has recently tried to attack Donald Trump for embodying "New York values."

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The only topic that the three top evening newscast covered more in 2015 than Donald Trump's presidential bid was winter weather, according to an analysis of coverage by ABC, NBC and CBS by news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

Those three evening newscasts spent 327 minutes covering Trump and 377 minutes covering winter storms. The news programs covered the San Bernardino shooting for 237 minutes and the Islamic State for a total of 220 minutes.

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A Virginia Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their "anatomical sex," which would prevent transgender students from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identification, according to the Washington Post.

Del. Mark L. Cole (R), the lawmaker who sponsored the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "protect the privacy of children and adults," according to the Washington Post.

"Schools have been sued for not allowing males to use female restrooms, and this legislation is intended to adopt a clear policy and to pre-empt further suits," Cole said.

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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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