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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. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called on Americans to focus on racial justice and expressed her support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a Sunday speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston.

Warren referenced the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) focus on civil rights issues and said, "If his life and death had a meaning, it was that we should not hate but love one another; we should use our powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace."

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After Donald Trump revealed a few details about his economic plan during "60 Minutes," CBS’ Scott Pelley challenged Trump, pointing out that some of his policies may not work.

Trump told Pelley in an interview that aired on Sunday that he is going to eliminate taxes for some low-income Americans and reduce taxes on corporations and the middle class. He said he would raise taxes on the very wealthy as well.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) walked into a press conference to announce his resignation on Friday singing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," noting that it was "a wonderful day."

He calmly announced his decision to step aside, and he explained that he kept most people in the dark ahead of his Friday morning announcement at a meeting with the House Republican conference.

Boehner said that on Thursday night, he thought he might announce his resignation the next day, only telling family and his chief-of-staff about his thoughts.

When he woke up on Friday morning, Boehner went through his usual routine -- he picked up coffee and went to his favorite breakfast spot, Pete's Diner on Capitol Hill. He then decided that he would make the announcement today.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday recalled his relationship with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the Senate floor shortly after the speaker announced that he would resign, noting that Boehner would be missed.

Reid said that he had many private meetings with Boehner in order to work out negotiations that "wouldn't have worked out very well in the public eye." Reid said that while he and Boehner often disagreed, the speaker "never, ever misled me."

"To say that I will miss John Boehner is a tremendous understatement. I looked out for him in ways that I could, and he looked out for me in the ways that he could. I will always consider John Boehner my friend, and I look forward to working with him until he leaves," the minority leader said.

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After House Speaker John Boehner announced on Friday that he would step down from his leadership role and resign from Congress at the end of October, conservatives who have long criticized him were quick to celebrate his decision to leave the House.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Boehner's nemesis in the Senate, seemed smug when commenting on the speaker's resignation on Friday.

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When asked about Pope Francis' focus on climate change and his call for members of congress to protect the environment, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the pontiff is "not a scientist."

During a campaign event in Virginia, a reporter asked Bush about the pope's support for President Obama's efforts to combat climate change, according to a video posted by Democratic group American Bridge and highlighted by the Huffington Post.

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The mayor of Lewiston, Maine, has called on the the state legislature to create a public online registry with the names and addresses of those on welfare in the state, as well as how long those individuals have been receiving benefits.

In a Thursday column in the Twin City Times, Mayor Robert Macdonald wrote that "the public has a right to know how its money is being spent." He said that he would submit a bill to the legislature that would create the registry.

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During a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that he would win over black voters with a hopeful message, not "free stuff," according to the Washington Post.

An audience member at the East Cooper Republican Women’s Club annual Shrimp Dinner asked Bush about black voters, "How are you going to include them and get them to vote for you?"

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