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. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) thinks the government may be plotting to reduce America's fossil fuel use under the cover of new safety regulations for trains carrying crude oil.

The Transportation Department proposed new regulations on Tuesday that would make it illegal for trains transporting oil to be left unattended. Federal officials drafted the rules after a train left unattended in Canada derailed in July 2013.

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A Missouri state lawmaker suing the federal government over Obamacare's birth control mandate says that the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision strengthens his case.

State Rep. Paul Wieland (R, pictured) believes that the state insurance plan his family is on violates his Catholic beliefs by covering birth control, and he wants an exemption so that his plan will not pay for birth control for his three daughters.

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A Massachusetts councilman accused his city mayor of "intimidation" after he pulled out a gun during an informal, late-night meeting in an SUV between the two officials. But the mayor disputes the claim, the Boston Herald reported.

Fall River, Mass. Mayor William Flanagan (pictured above) met with city councilman Jasiel Carreia II around midnight on Aug. 15 in a Ford Explorer to discuss a recall petition targeting Flanagan.

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The House Republican conference on Tuesday welcomed former Vice President Dick Cheney for a visit and embraced his call for action against ISIS in Iraq.

Cheney, who pushed for the U.S. to invade Iraq in 2003, told the GOP members that it's time to go back into Iraq to mitigate the threat posed by ISIS, according to a Huffington Post report.

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday shot down Fox News and a new book that claims CIA commandos were told not to rescue those at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

The congressman suggested that the lawyers for the five commandos who wrote the new account of the Benghazi attack were just trying to make money off of the scandal.

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Conservative Dr. Ben Carson on Monday said that people should hold off on their criticism of Ray Rice, who was dropped from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday months after he was indicted for allegedly punching his then-fiancee.

"I'm hopeful that they will get some help for him. Obviously, anyone who would do something like that needs some help," Carson said when Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg asked about Rice, according to a Mediaite recording.

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