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.

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After video posted on Facebook Friday showed a group of people in Washington, D.C. shouting at former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), a GOP state legislator introduced legislation to make shouting at a former state official a crime.

Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop, who proposed the bill, told the News and Observer that the legislation would "make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties." Bishop said that offenders of his proposed statute should serve a prison sentence up to five years.

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During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Budget and Management, signaled that he will not fall in line with Trump's views on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Mulvaney has supported major cuts to all three programs and is known as a hard line fiscal conservative on the Hill. His views diverge from those of Trump, who pledged on the campaign trail to leave Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid largely untouched.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Senate Budget Committee's ranking member, on Tuesday noted Mulvaney's difference in opinion with Trump, and asked if he would advise Trump to keep his campaign promises regarding Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

"The only thing I know to do is tell the President the truth," Mulvaney replied, adding that he believes the programs must be reformed in order to remain solvent.

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Senate Democrats plan to introduce a $1 trillion infrastructure plan on Tuesday and call on President Donald Trump to back the proposal, according to reports in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The plan will rely directly on federal funding to back projects like rebuilding roads and bridges, expanding the country's broadband network, and supporting veterans hospitals and schools, according to the Washington Post. The funding model proposed by Democrats differs from funding proposed by Trump in the past — his campaign proposed using tax credits and working with private contractors.

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President Donald Trump has dispatched two former campaign aides to work with Voice of America, a government-funded news outlet that broadcasts U.S. News outside of the country, Politico reported Monday evening.

Trump sent his former New Hampshire state director Matthew Ciepielowski and former Wisconsin communications director Matthew Schuck to temporarily work with senior management at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees Voice of America and other broadcasters, according to Politico. There, the two aides will work “to ensure an open, transparent and seamless transition of the BBG to the Trump Administration,” per an email from BBG CEO John Lansing obtained by Politico.

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During his first daily briefing with reporters, White House press secretary Sean Spicer launched into a rant about the media's treatment of Donald Trump when asked why the President discussed the crowd sizes at his inauguration during a speech at the CIA headquarters on Saturday.

"I's not just about a crowd size. It's about this constant, you know, 'He's not going to run. Then if he runs, he's going to drop out...'" Spicer said. "There is this constant theme to undercut the enormous support that he has. I think it's unbelievably frustrating when you're continually told it's not big enough, it's not good enough, you can't win."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday disputed a CBS report that Donald Trump's team filled the front three rows at his speech to CIA employees with Trump supporters.

CBS reported that those heard cheering during Trump's remarks were guests of Trump, Mike Pence, and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the nominee to lead the CIA.

"I don't think that's accurate at all. If you listen to audio of it, you can hear the excitement that existed there. There were some people off-camera for obvious reasons, but I think when you looked at the number of people there, the audio alone tells — speaks volumes to what had happened," Spicer said when first asked about the CBS report.

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After a bizarre press briefing on Saturday in which White House press secretary Sean Spicer made false claims about the crowd size at Donald Trump's inauguration, an ABC reporter asked Spicer at the Monday daily briefing whether Spicer intends to always tell the truth in his role as Trump spokesman.

The question prompted a lengthy exchange between ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Spicer, during which the press secretary defended the comments he made about crowd sizes on Saturday.

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President Donald Trump on Monday morning signed an order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, fulfilling a campaign pledge to back out of the deal, according to several reporters.

Trump also signed orders to freeze government hiring except for in the military and to limit abortion funding overseas.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday morning announced that he would back Rex Tillerson's nomination to be secretary of state, clearing the way for the former ExxonMobil CEO to make it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and be confirmed by the Senate.

"[D]espite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in committee and in the full Senate," Rubio wrote in a Facebook post.

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