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

Some Democrats believe that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struck a deal with House Republicans Friday night to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, but House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) says no such deal exists.

"There is no such deal and there’s no such bill," Scalise told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. And we rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday admitted that House Republicans' last minute attempts to keep the Department of Homeland Security open on Friday night were "messy."

After many House Republicans refused to pass a bill to fund DHS for three weeks that did not address President Obama's actions on immigration, House Democrats and Republicans voted for a bill to fund the department for one week.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Sunday insisted that he did not mean to compare union protesters to the Islamic State this week.

After his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an audience member asked Walker how he would address threats like ISIL if he were president.

"If I can take on a hundred thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world," Walker responded, referring to union protesters in Wisconsin.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference arguing that since he could take on union protesters, he could address the Islamic State.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is not happy with the Republicans who defied House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and refused to vote for a bill on Friday that did not address President Obama's executive actions on immigration and would have funded the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks.

"I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative Members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness," Nunes told National Journal in an interview published Saturday. "While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other Members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards."

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The Wyoming legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would allow the state board of education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards, which acknowledge man-made climate change.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Matt Mead's (R) desk, reverses the legislature's budget amendment in 2014 that blocked the board from adopting the standards. Wyoming lawmakers originally opposed the standards because they acknowledge climate change and may have limited state control over education standards.

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