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

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton reiterated her attacks on Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) gun control record, going after him for voting against numerous gun control bills as a member of Congress.

"I have made it clear, based on Sen. Sanders own record that he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times," Clinton said Sunday night.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Thursday said that President Obama is the most "racially divisive" president of the United States since those who supported slavery.

"There probably has not been a more racially divisive, economic divisive president in the White House since we had presidents who supported slavery," Brooks said on Alabama radio show "The Dale Jackson Show," according to audio posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Ten people were evaluated for possible lead exposure in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Friday after cafeteria employees reported feeling sick, NBC Washington reported.

Eight people were taken to local hospitals with minor symptoms, D.C. fire department spokesman Tim Wilson told the Washington Post.

U.S. Capitol Police, emergency responders arrived at the cafeteria around 10:45 a.m., according to NBC. And a Capitol Police Hazmat team began investigating the cafeteria.

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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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