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

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not realize exactly what the position of energy secretary entails when he accepted Donald Trump's offer to lead the department, the New York Times reported Wednesday evening.

Perry was prepared to represent the American energy sector abroad and did not understand that he would be charged with overseeing the United States' nuclear arsenal, according to the New York Times.

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Donald Trump plans on displaying the United States military's strength when he becomes president by having troops march in parades.

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday morning. “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military."

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Tuesday weighed in on the battle between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), saying that the civil rights icon has not contributed anything since the civil rights era.

"I've served with John Lewis now for quite some time," King said of Lewis on WHO Iowa radio's "Mickelson in the Morning," according to a clip surfaced by CNN. "I don't know that we've ever found ourselves where we've been working together on legislation in that way. But I have long contemplated the idea of just going to the floor and saying, 'John Lewis, thank you for your contribution to civil rights during the civil rights era. I would appreciate it if you would contribute something since then. It's been a half a century.' And a number of us have watched that and said, 'He trades off of it.' I guess that's fine. But he should be doing some other things too. And I haven't seen it happen from him."

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Donald Trump will not let go of his tiff with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) over the civil rights icon's decision to boycott Trump's Inauguration.

During an interview that aired Wednesday morning on "Fox and Friends," Trump noted that Lewis at first incorrectly stated that Trump's will be the first Inauguration he skips. Lewis' office has acknowledged that the congressman also skipped George W. Bush's swearing in.

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Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Education, acknowledged during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday night that the President-elect described sexual assault in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape.

In the tape, which surfaced in October, Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and kissing them without permission.

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act would result in 32 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The CBO projected that the 2015 bill passed by Congress to repeal Obamacare, which would have immediately eliminated the individual mandate penalizing those who do not purchase insurance plans, would have resulted in 18 million people losing their health insurance in the first new health plan year.

The 2015 bill, which was vetoed by President Obama, dictated that two years after enactment, Medicaid expansion and subsidies for plans purchased through the marketplace would be eliminated, which would bring the uninsured level to 27 million. People would continue to lose health insurance, reducing those covered to 32 million by 2026, according to the CBO's analysis.

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Following a Washington Post report on Friday revealing that the leader of the Washington, D.C. National Guard would be forced to step down in the middle of the Inauguration ceremony, Donald Trump's transition team now says that they asked the commander to stay on a few days past the swearing in.

However, it's unclear whether the Trump team asked Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz to stay on past Inauguration before or after initial reports that Schwartz was ordered to step down immediately.

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After several polls showed Donald Trump receiving historically low approval ratings, the President-elect bashed the polls on Twitter, declaring them "rigged."

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday evening criticized Donald Trump for bashing the NATO alliance and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a President-elect of the United States be stepping in to the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN. "He’ll have to speak to that. As of Friday, he’s responsible for that relationship."

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