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

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) said on Monday that he is not convinced that Hillary Clinton has pneumonia.

"I’ve got serious doubts as to whether or not it’s pneumonia. But I can’t say," he said Alabama radio station WAPI, according to a clip posted by Buzzfeed News. "In my opinion, just my observation, if it were pneumonia, I would’ve thought they would’ve come out and said that very early on. You know, she’s disappeared for a few days, and if I’d been her adviser, I would’ve said, ‘You need to get out there and let people know what’s wrong with you, get treatment, get a few days’ rest, get back on your feet.’”

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James Woolsey, who served for two years as director of the CIA under former President Bill Clinton, has become an adviser to Donald Trump, the campaign announced on Monday.

Woolsey, who was a vocal supporter of the Iraq War, said that he support's Trump's call to "reinvest in and modernize our military in order to confront the challenges of the 21st century."

"Mr. Trump’s commitment to reversing the harmful defense budget cuts signed into law by the current administration, while acknowledging the need for debt reduction, is an essential step toward reinstating the United States’ primacy in the conventional and digital battlespace," Woolsey said in a statement sent out by the Trump campaign.

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Following a months-long standoff between the House Science Committee and state attorneys general conducting an investigation into Exxon over climate change denialism, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has called a hearing to affirm his right to subpoena the state officials overseeing criminal investigations.

Smith, a noted climate change denier, has made repeated demands that the attorneys general and several environmental groups turn over their communications about Exxon, accusing them of embarking on an "unprecedented effort against those who have questioned the causes, magnitude, or best ways to address climate change." The attorneys general, as well as the activist groups, have refused to comply with the committee's requests, setting up a battle over subpoena power.

In a June statement, the committee's ranking member, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), said that Smith's demands were "not about legitimate oversight," but that the committee was "harassing" attorneys general investigating Exxon.

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The Donald Trump campaign continued to blast Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment on Monday morning, releasing a new ad framed around Clinton's remark that the campaign says it will be airing on television.

In the 30-second spot titled "Deplorable," a narrator says that Clinton told "wealthy donors" that "tens of millions of Americans" are "deplorable."

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During an interview that aired Sunday on CNN, Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump displays "phony strength" when he makes "outrageous statements" about national security.

"There’s phony strength and there’s real strength," Clinton said when asked about Trump's supporters who believe he is a strong leader. "And it's phony strength to not know what you're talking about, and to make outrageous statements that will actually make our job harder, no matter how, in the moment, it sounds."

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CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday pushed back on claims made by Donald Trump that the officials who gave him an intelligence briefing appeared unhappy with President Obama.

"I know the briefers that have been briefing the candidates. They are the quintessential professional intelligence officers. They do their work very well. And they know, as professionals, that they are to deliver substance," Brennan said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked about Trump's comments.

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While defending Donald Trump's plan to "take the oil" from Iraq, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday said that "anything's legal" in war.

"Of course it's legal. It's a war," Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week" when asked if Trump's plan to take a country's oil is legal.

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Even after Hillary Clinton issued a statement tempering her comment calling some of Donald Trump's supporters a "basket of deplorables," Trump continued to lash out at the Democratic nominee on Saturday. And his Republican allies blasted Clinton throughout the day.

"Isn't it disgraceful that Hillary Clinton makes the worst mistake of the political season and instead of owning up to this grotesque attack on American voters, she tries to turn it around with a pathetic rehash of the words and insults used in her failing campaign? For the first time in a long while, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans," Trump said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

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Hillary Clinton on Saturday issued a statement saying that she regrets saying that half of Donald Trump's supporters are in what she called a "basket of deplorables."

"Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that's never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ -- that was wrong," Clinton said in a Saturday afternoon statement.

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