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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unloaded on Democratic bills like ones to raise the minimum wage and lower student loan interest rates, according to audio obtained by The Nation and The Undercurrent.

During a private gathering with top donors in June organized by the Koch brothers called "American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society," McConnell vowed to continue to block Democratic proposals if Republicans win the Senate majority.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, warned on Tuesday that an attempt to impeach President Obama isn't the best idea for the Republican party.

The congressman said that while he supports the lawsuit against Obama over his use of executive authority, the House should approach impeachment with "great caution and great discretion."

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Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) last week said that while moving to impeach President Obama would likely be unsuccessful and could hurt the Republican party, it's still something the House should consider.

"I do believe that if the president had impeachment proceedings run against him in the House, that I think there’s a very slim chance that the House would vote to impeach," Marchant said last week during a town hall, according to a video obtained by Buzzfeed. "That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, and that doesn’t mean that shouldn’t be something that we consider."

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The National Review on Monday published a piece claiming that the College Board's new framework for the AP U.S. History exam was the result of a leftist movement to change the way American history is taught.

"This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective," Stanley Kurtz wrote for NRO. "The origins of the new AP U.S. History framework are closely tied to a movement of left-leaning historians that aims to 'internationalize' the teaching of American history."

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The Veterans Affairs watchdog on Tuesday released a report concluding that while long wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital did negatively impact medical care for veterans, the Inspector General did not fine concrete evidence that this led to patient deaths.

"While the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans," the report reads.

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The National Rifle Association went after a gun activist in the September issue of its American's First Freedom magazine with an odd account of her professional background.

The writer, Dave Kopel, is shocked that the head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Shannon Watts, describes herself as a stay-at-home mom but has worked in the past and runs a public relations firm from her home. The NRA piece is complete with an image of Watts surrounded by household items:

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The New York Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said that Times reporter John Eligon's description of Michael Brown as "no angel" in a profile of the Ferguson, Mo. teen was a "blunder."

"That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was 'no angel' in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid," she wrote on Monday.

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