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

Red State editor Erick Erickson on Tuesday wrote that Republicans should go ahead and bring the federal government to the brink of a shutdown over immigration and Obamacare.

Erickson argued that though many were concerned that the last shutdown would reflect poorly on the GOP, the party still dominated in the midterm elections. And as long as a shutdown doesn't hurt Republican lawmakers, then it's totally a great idea, he wrote.

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The Orange County School Board last week discussed reversing its policy that allows religious groups to hand out materials at public schools after the Satanic Temple began handing out coloring books to students, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"This really has, frankly, gotten out of hand," board chairman Bill Sublette said during a workshop on Thursday. "I think we've seen a group or groups take advantage of the open forum we've had."

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An Arizona wedding planner last week refused to work with a same-sex couple once she realized that they were gay.

Kenyata White found Susan Latimer's wedding planning business online and started working with Latimer to plan a December wedding. White referred to her fiancée Chrystal Allen just as her fiancée during the first stages of the planning process.

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President Obama on Sunday condemned the Islamic State's killing of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

"Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time," Obama said in a statement. "Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents."

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Former senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday had a frank response to the recently surfaced comments made by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped craft the health care law.

In the video, Gruber said that Obamacare passed due to a "lack of transparency" about the bill and the "stupidity of the American voter."

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Sunday said that 100,000 people have submitted applications for Obamacare during the new open enrollment period.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd also asked Burwell about comments made by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped draft the Affordable Care Act, which surfaced recently. Gruber said the law passed due to a "lack of transparency" and called American voters stupid.

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