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

A New Hampshire state lawmaker who sits on the House Children and Family Law committee was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday for attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter.

Law enforcement said Republican Rep. Kyle Tasker sent sexually oriented messages to a teenage girl and arranged to meet her on a beach on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. However, police had taken control of the girl's social media account and met Tasker on the beach instead. Tasker sent some inappropriate messages to the girl during a House committee meeting, according to the AP.

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After former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday announced that he would deliver a speech on the 2016 race on Thursday, Donald Trump quickly went after Romney as a "failed candidate."

Romney will reportedly call Trump a "phony" and a "fraud" during his Thursday speech. The Republican presidential frontrunner published a series of tweets bashing Romney on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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In an interview set to air on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) contrasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), saying that while Cruz at least has a "set of values" that he sticks to, Rubio "doesn’t stand for anything."

"I don’t like a lot of the things that he stands for, in fact, most everything he stands for. But I have some degree of respect for him because he believes in something. He has a set of values," Reid said of Cruz on Sirius XM's "The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt," according to a preview clip of the interview published on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday released a proposal for a health care plan that would replace Obamacare if Trump is elected president.

"Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare," Trump said in a statement. "This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices."

In his statement on the proposal, Trump says he is offering proposals "that should be considered by Congress so that on the first day of the Trump Administration, we can start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people."

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The Secret Service said Wednesday that their agents were not involved in removing a group of black students from a Donald Trump campaign rally in Georgia on Monday.

"Reports that the Secret Service escorted attendees out of the premises at an event in Georgia this past Monday evening are false. The Secret Service does not escort attendees out of protectees’ events in such circumstances and it was not the Secret Service who did so at that event," the agency said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) on Tuesday said that he still thinks that Donald Trump is preferable over a Democratic presidential candidate, even if Trump purposefully avoided disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, according to the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post asked Rounds on Tuesday about Trump's Sunday interview regarding Dukes endorsement of his campaign. The Huffington Post noted to Rounds that after Tapper told Trump that he was "just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan," Trump said he didn't know anything about Duke.

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Following Trump's interview over the weekend in which he avoided disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said that the Republican presidential frontrunner just doesn't quite understand how to express his beliefs.

"I think it's up to us to make it clear that we don't tolerate those types of racist organizations and I don't know many people who would believe that we do," Hatch said on Tuesday when discussing how Republican lawmakers should approach Trump's comments, like those he made regarding the KKK, according to CNN. "I think deep down, I don't think Donald Trump tolerates it either. I think he is just inexperienced in expressing himself at things like that."

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In a joint editorial published on Tuesday, six New Jersey newspapers called on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to resign, citing his decision to endorse Donald Trump after dropping out of the presidential race.

"We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president," the editorial from six Gannett-owned papers reads.

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CNN contributors Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord, a Donald Trump supporter, on Tuesday night engaged in a fierce debate over the Ku Klux Klan and Donald Trump after Lord declared that the KKK is a "leftist terrorist organization."

The argument began when Jones slammed Trump for a Sunday interview during which the Republican presidential frontrunner avoided disavowing former KKK leader David Duke.

"He is whipping up, and tapping into, and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people. No. 1: When he is playing funny with the Klan, that is not cool," Jones said, referring to Trump. "The Klan is a terrorist organization."

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CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday night asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who ended up winning just one state on Super Tuesday, whether he was in denial about his chances in the Republican presidential primary. Rubio, of course, denied that he is in denial.

Tapper began the election night interview by telling Rubio that it was "not a great night for you."

"The past week you’ve been relentlessly hammering Donald Trump. Tonight, he won state after state after state. Is it possible that your quarrel is not so much with Donald Trump as it is with Republican primary voters?" Tapper asked.

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