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

Donald Trump on Wednesday morning tried to defend himself from Tuesday night reports that a British intelligence officer compiled a 35-page memo with salacious allegations about Trump.

In his first tweet, Trump cited comments from a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin denying that the country had collected compromising information on Trump. The President-elect attempted to use the comments from Putin's spokesman to cast doubt on the validity of the memo.

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The Senate Commerce Committee announced on Tuesday evening that it would postpone the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's choice to lead the Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, from this Thursday to Wednesday Jan. 18 because the committee has not yet received the nominee's ethics agreement.

"The general practice of the Senate Commerce Committee has been to require complete applications on candidates for Senate confirmation before holding a hearing. While Mr. Ross has submitted his responses to the committee’s questionnaire, we have not yet received the ethics agreement he is working on with the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Commerce to finalize," reads a joint statement from Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Bill Nelson (R-FL), the chair and ranking member of the committee, respectively.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday told the New York Times that Republican lawmakers should repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new health care law at the same time, and that he would not agree to delay a replacement plan beyond a few weeks.

"Long to me would be weeks,” Trump told the New York Times, referring to a replacement delay. “It won’t be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday indicated that Republicans in Congress will look to repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time, diverging from Republicans' previous plan of repealing the health care law quickly but delaying passing a replacement plan.

"This will unfold as we bring this process together. But it is our goal to bring it all together concurrently," Ryan told reporters about the repeal and replace process. "We already showed people what we believe in — what Obamacare should be replaced with, so we’re gonna use every tool at our disposal, through legislation, through regulation, to bring replace concurrent along with repeal so that we can save people from this mess."

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Voting rights advocate Gerry Herbert on Tuesday submitted written testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for the senator's confirmation hearing to be attorney general, arguing that Sessions is "dangerously outside the mainstream" on civil rights.

Herbert was a key witness against Sessions in 1986 when he was rejected by the Senate for a federal judgeship. Herbert, who was a Justice Department employee at the time, testified that he once told Sessions that a judge called a white lawyer who worked on civil rights issues "either a traitor to his race or a disgrace to his race." Sessions replied that "he probably is," Herbert said in his testimony. Herbert also told the Senate at the time that Sessions called the ACLU and the NAACP "un-American."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Monday maintained that he is not done investigating Hillary Clinton even though she lost the presidential election, as he stated just after the election.

"This was never a political targeting from the beginning. Just because there’s a political election doesn’t mean it goes away. So of course I’m going to continue to pursue that," Chaffetz told reporters, according to Buzzfeed News. "It’s potentially one of the largest breaches of security in the history of the State Department. It cannot and should never be repeated again. How was it that so much information was able to migrate out the door? These are still open questions that we need to finish up so they don’t happen again."

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) confirmed on Monday that he will testify against his Senate colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) during his confirmation hearing to be attorney general.

By testifying against his colleague, Booker would be breaking a long tradition of senators refraining from testifying against their colleagues. Booker's office told NBC News that the Senate historian was unable to find a previous instance of a senator testifying against another senator.

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Monday evening announced that it would delay the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos, from Wednesday Jan. 11 to Tuesday Jan. 17.

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Senate Democrats are pushing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to let members of the Congressional Black Caucus testify at the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Politico reported Monday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Judiciary Committee, told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the committee's ranking member, that he was willing to let members of the CBC testify at the hearing, according to Politico. However, Grassley said that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and other black lawmakers would only be able to speak after a panel of outside witnesses testifies at the hearing, per Politico.

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