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

Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) approval rating among Iowa voters has taken a hit since Senate Republicans said they would refuse to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, according to a new poll commissioned by liberal groups and released to Politico on Monday.

Just 42 percent of voters had a positive view of the historically popular Iowa senator, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the Constitutional Responsibility Project, a group pushing for the Senate to consider Merrick Garland's nomination, and the League of Conservation Voters. The polling was conducted by Hart Research Associates.

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Donald Trump on Monday morning hit Hillary Clinton for offending "the Indians" by using the phrase "off the reservation" while discussing Trump's attacks on her throughout the campaign.

"The way she talks about, I can handle men who get off the reservation, I think is a very demeaning statement. I won't even bring up the fact the Indians have gone wild on that statement. You know that? The Indians have said that that statement is a disastrous statement, and they want a retraction," Trump said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

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After Donald Trump said that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was unconvincing, the governor wrote a Sunday op-ed detailing why he backs Cruz's presidential bid.

"In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan," Pence wrote in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star. "I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights."

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During a Sunday rally in Indiana, Donald Trump railed against the United States' trade deficit with China, charging that China has committed "rape" against the U.S.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump said in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world."

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North Carolina state Sen. Tom Apodaca (R), the state Senate Rules chairman, said on Tuesday that he's considering placing the bathroom provision in the new anti-LGBT law on the ballot in November.

"If it were up to me, I'd just put it out to a vote of the people. Let them decide what they want to do. And I floated that idea," he told North Carolina television station WLOS. "Let's put it on the ballot and get it over with once and for all. If the majority wants this, fine. If they don't, fine."

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Donald Trump used his Wednesday foreign policy speech to tie former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Obama and the United States' strategy in the Middle East, painting the two Democrats as interventionists.

"We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray. A mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before," Trump said.

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During his Wednesday foreign policy speech, Donald Trump said that the United States must become less predictable in order to defeat the Islamic State.

"Their days are numbered," he said, referring to ISIL. "I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how."

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Donald Trump opened his Wednesday foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C., by introducing the overarching theme of his foreign policy proposals: put America first.

He said that his foreign policy strategy will replace "randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace." And he said that his plans will always put the security of Americans first.

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