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

As he's been wrangling votes for the American Health Care Act, President Donald Trump has privately said that he regrets taking on a repeal of Obamacare before working on a plan to slash taxes, according to the New York Times.

Per the Times, Trump "has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans."

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As Republicans geared up for a vote on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday morning, despite uncertainty that leaders had gained enough support to pass the bill, President Donald Trump tried to push the conservative Freedom Caucus to back the legislation.

Trump used his favorite communication tool, Twitter, to single out the Freedom Caucus for its members' opposition to the House bill. The President noted that the bill would defund Planned Parenthood and that the caucus would be forgoing an attempt to block funding for the organization, perhaps in the hopes that he could shame the caucus into backing the bill.

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, one of the top administration officials who had been working to pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, on Friday morning brushed off concerns about a new provision in the bill that repeals the Essential Health Benefits requirement.

That provision would repeal a requirement that insurers cover a list of 10 essential benefits, including maternity care. Asked about this on CBS' "This Morning," Mulvaney argued that states can still require that insurance companies cover the EHBs.

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) said on Thursday night that he felt an obligation to tell President Donald Trump about “incidentally collected” information on Trump and his associates from the intelligence community because the President has been criticized in the media.

"It’s clear that I would be concerned if I was the president, and that’s why I wanted him to know, and I felt like I had a duty and obligation to tell him because, as you know, he’s taking a lot of heat in the news media,” Nunes told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

Moderate Republicans have voiced increasing opposition to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as House GOP leadership has bent over backwards to appease more conservative members' demands regarding the legislation. And in the past few days, a critical mass of moderates have come out as "no" votes on the American Health Care Act, signaling that it's not just hardliners' support that the bill's proponents need to lock down for an expected Thursday vote.

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Conservatives have long targeted the National Endowment for the Arts when looking for ways to trim the federal budget, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has come out in support of the endowment, arguing that it's a crucial government program.

The former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of President Donald Trump is calling on the administration to abandon its budget blueprint proposal to eliminate the NEA.

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President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine on Wednesday for an interview centered on the idea of "truth," which prompted the President to fiercely defend some of the most baseless and bizarre claims he has made both on the campaign trail and while serving in office.

Trump repeatedly insisted throughout the interview that he has great instincts and that his political predictions tend to come true, while brushing off questions about whether he knew there was any truth to his statements at the time he actually made them.

Below are the wildest moments from Trump's interview with Time.

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After House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday told the press that the intelligence community had "incidentally collected" information on President Donald Trump and his staff before inauguration, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for a select committee to take over the investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.

"No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly," McCain told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday evening said that he has seen evidence that is "more than circumstantial" of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.

"I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now," Schiff said on MSNBC after host Chuck Todd noted the congressman's comment on Sunday that there is "circumstantial evidence of collusion."

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