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.

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) said on Thursday night that he felt an obligation to tell President Donald Trump about “incidentally collected” information on Trump and his associates from the intelligence community because the President has been criticized in the media.

"It’s clear that I would be concerned if I was the president, and that’s why I wanted him to know, and I felt like I had a duty and obligation to tell him because, as you know, he’s taking a lot of heat in the news media,” Nunes told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

Moderate Republicans have voiced increasing opposition to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as House GOP leadership has bent over backwards to appease more conservative members' demands regarding the legislation. And in the past few days, a critical mass of moderates have come out as "no" votes on the American Health Care Act, signaling that it's not just hardliners' support that the bill's proponents need to lock down for an expected Thursday vote.

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Conservatives have long targeted the National Endowment for the Arts when looking for ways to trim the federal budget, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has come out in support of the endowment, arguing that it's a crucial government program.

The former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of President Donald Trump is calling on the administration to abandon its budget blueprint proposal to eliminate the NEA.

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President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine on Wednesday for an interview centered on the idea of "truth," which prompted the President to fiercely defend some of the most baseless and bizarre claims he has made both on the campaign trail and while serving in office.

Trump repeatedly insisted throughout the interview that he has great instincts and that his political predictions tend to come true, while brushing off questions about whether he knew there was any truth to his statements at the time he actually made them.

Below are the wildest moments from Trump's interview with Time.

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After House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday told the press that the intelligence community had "incidentally collected" information on President Donald Trump and his staff before inauguration, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for a select committee to take over the investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.

"No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly," McCain told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday evening said that he has seen evidence that is "more than circumstantial" of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.

"I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now," Schiff said on MSNBC after host Chuck Todd noted the congressman's comment on Sunday that there is "circumstantial evidence of collusion."

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Wednesday night said that he was making progress in negotiations with the White House and Republican House leadership on changes to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that would win over support from members of the caucus.

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Alice Ollstein contributed reporting.

Following a Wednesday meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House, members were blunt that the conversation did not change many minds.

"Nothing has changed," Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) told reporters after the meeting.

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A clothing and accessories boutique in San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Ivanka Trump's brand, alleging that the business has an unfair advantage over competitors now that President Donald Trump is in office.

Lawyers for the Modern Appeal Clothing alleged in the complaint, filed last week in Superior Court in California, that once Trump took office, competition between the boutique and Ivanka Trump's brand began to favor Ivanka Trump. It's similar to an unfair competition claim filed earlier this month by a bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C. Cork Wine Bar alleged in its suit that Trump International Hotel in D.C. has an unfair advantage over other restaurants in the District due to Trump's presidency.

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the committee needs to interview former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Warner's comment came the night before the Associated Press published an explosive report revealing Manafort worked for a Russian billionaire on a plan to advance Russian President Vladimir Putin's interests.

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