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

Potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday said that given what he knows now, he would not have invaded Iraq.

"You know, this whole issue of—this question that gets asked, 'If you—with what you know today, would you have ordered the invasion of Iraq?'" Perry said at a breakfast event in Iowa, according to the Texas Tribune. "I think if you look what’s happened today, and the answer is no. I mean, with that hindsight, no, I would not have done that."

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on Monday urged Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) to step down after the Federal Elections Commission ruled that the congressman violated campaign finance laws.

"It's a decision he needs to make, but if I were in his position, that's what I would do," Ayotte told New Hampshire television station WMUR.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) hinted at a 2016 presidential bid on Monday with the launch of a presidential exploratory committee.

"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation," Jindal said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. "If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path."

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After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) clarified last week that he would not have invaded Iraq given what he knows now, Donald Trump said on Monday that he would not have gone into Iraq.

On "Fox and Friends," co-host Steve Doocy asked Trump about reports that the Islamic State took control of Ramadi in Iraq and whether Trump would call for "boots on the ground" following ISIL's latest attack.

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) apologized on Sunday after a video surfaced showing her making a whooping noise while discussing Native Americans.

Sanchez, who announced last week that she would run to fill Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) Senate seat, made the gesture during a Saturday meeting with an Indian American group at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Anaheim, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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The Republican National Committee is expected to pass a resolution on Friday backing states' efforts to enact religious freedom laws, but the resolution notably tells states to model their legislation off of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

According to Time Magazine, RNC’s resolutions committee passed the measure on Wednesday, and the full RNC will vote on the resolution Friday at the committee's Spring Meeting.

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President Obama on Thursday said that his disagreement with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is merely over trade policy, and is not a personal fight.

"The issue with respect to myself and Elizabeth has never been personal," Obama told reporters at a press conference at Camp David, according to The Hill. "It's fun for the press to see if we can poke around at it when you see two close allies who have a disagreement on a policy issue."

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The controversy over the AP U.S. History exam seeped into New Jersey on Thursday when a Republican lawmaker introduced a resolution condemning the course as "biased" and "negative."

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R) introduced a non-binding resolution in the state senate that calls on the College Board to revise the course framework and asks the state to consider alternatives to AP exams, The Auditor reported.

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