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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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are making it clear not only that they're unhappy with the bill Republican leaders unveiled this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but that it doesn't have enough support to pass the House in its current iteration.

"Right now the Speaker of the House does not have the votes to pass this bill unless he's got substantial Democratic support," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told reporters after the caucus' Tuesday night meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, according to The Hill.

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In a letter to Republican House leaders on Tuesday, the AARP voiced staunch opposition to House Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, warning that the bill could dramatically increase costs for seniors and harm other vulnerable Americans.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Wednesday morning that in a meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), the President told the senators to work on a bill to make the legal immigration system "merit-based."

Cotton told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the senators discussed their bill introduced last month to curb legal immigration and that Trump asked them to work on broader legislation.

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Tuesday afternoon said that he has not seen any evidence to support President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim over the weekend that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

"I have not seen that evidence," Nunes told reporters, according to Reuters. "I think the bigger question that needs to be answered is whether or not Mr. Trump or any of his associates were in fact targeted by any of the intelligence agencies or law enforcement authorities."

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Hawaii will file a legal challenge to President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily barring travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to a filing submitted Tuesday.

The state will ask a federal judge for a temporary restraining order against the new order on Wednesday, per the filing.

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Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general on Tuesday declined to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to lead any probe into Russian election interference, including into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any probe involving the Trump campaign, Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney in Maryland, would be tasked with leading such an investigation if confirmed. Democrats are pushing for Rosenstein to step aside from any probe into ties between Trump and his associates and Russia as well.

During his confirmation hearing, Rosenstein cautioned that he does not have enough information about the situation to determine whether his own recusal on such a probe would be appropriate. But he explained that he has no reason to believe he couldn't handle the investigation himself, if there was one.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday morning slammed House Republicans' draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the bill would reduce coverage and raise the costs of health care for Americans.

"After seven years of talking about the same thing over and over again, you'd think the Republicans would have been able to come up with a better plan than this. This plan is a mess," Schumer began in a floor speech. "Trumpcare will make health insurance in America measurably worse in just about every way and leave more Americans uninsured. It does, however, greatly benefit the very wealthy and special interests."

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