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

Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, was the director of a U.S.-Russia oil firm based in the Bahamas, The Guardian reported on Sunday, citing documents leaked to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He led the Russian subsidiary of Exxon, Exxon Neftegas, starting in 1998, according to the documents. Exxon said he left his role as director in 2006 when he took over as CEO of Exxon, according to The Guardian.

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A bipartisan group of senators on Sunday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling on him to set up a special committee to investigate Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

"Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) wrote in the letter, according to Politico. “Cybersecurity is the ultimate cross-jurisdictional challenge, and we must take a comprehensive approach to meet this challenge effectively."

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Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff for Donald Trump, on Sunday morning said that Trump will not yet accept the CIA's conclusion that Russian hacks into Democratic groups were an attempt to boost Trump to victory.

"I think he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the American people they’re actually on the same page, as opposed to third parties through The Washington Post," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if Trump accepts the consensus of the intelligence community on the Russian hacks and their intent.

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Loretta Lynch says that the backlash from Donald Trump and his supporters following her impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac in June was "painful" for her.

"I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern,” Lynch told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN. “It did make people wonder, ‘is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on?’ And that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask."

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Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has signed one of the two pieces of legislation state lawmakers have proposed that would dramatically curb the power of the incoming Democratic governor, the speaker of the state House told local reporters on Friday afternoon.

The other major bill that would weaken the governorship has been passed by the state House and state Senate and now goes back to the House for final approval after the Senate made changes.

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After Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) signaled this week that he may oppose ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's nomination to be secretary of state, former Vice President Dick Cheney reached out to the Florida senator and spoke to him about supporting Tillerson, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The Post based the report on the account of "a person with knowledge of the conversation."

Other Tillerson supporters have contacted Rubio as well, according to the Washington Post.

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The co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, have come under fire for their coverage of Donald Trump, but the two morning show hosts argue that the criticism is unfounded and that they have in fact been tough on Trump.

“It’s not fair,” Brzezinski told Vanity Fair in an interview published Thursday night. “No one has been tougher on Donald Trump than Joe and I.”

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As Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina discussed a package of legislation that would significantly weaken the incoming Democratic governor, several protesters were arrested at the state capitol building on Thursday.

Protesters gathered in the state House chamber, chanting at state lawmakers, "You work for us," according to Raleigh television station WRAL. House Speaker Tim Moore (R) ordered the protesters removed from the House gallery but several refused, leading police to arrest at least 16 people, according to CBS News.

As those arrested left the state House, protesters shouted "Shame" and "This is what democracy looks like," per CBS. A reporter for N.C. Policy Watch was among those arrested in the House gallery when police demanded that everyone leave, the News and Observer reported.

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President Obama says that the United States will respond in some form to the Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election with cyber attacks.

"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be," Obama told NPR in an interview set to air in full on Friday when asked if Russia should pay a price for its hacking attempts.

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