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

The same day that President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) signaled that it won't be an easy process.

"President Obama’s Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the voters," the senators said in a Saturday statement.

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President Obama on Sunday defended his decision to use executive action to address immigration, arguing that he's been waiting a while to act on immigration.

"I presided over a process in which the Senate produced a bipartisan bill. I then said to John Boehner, 'John, let's get this passed through the House.' For a year I stood back and let him work on this. He decided not to call the Senate bill and he couldn't produce his own bill," Obama said in an interview with CBS" "Face the Nation," which aired Sunday.

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President Obama said he needs to improve his ability to work with congressional leaders to pass legislation.

"When you start governing there is a tendency sometimes, for me, to start thinking, 'As long as I get the policy right, then that's what should matter.' And people have asked, 'What do you need to do differently going forward?' And I think you do that gut check after every election," Obama said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired on Sunday.

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who ousted Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) on Tuesday, said on Sunday that a full repeal of the health care law isn't realistic.

"I do think we need to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the president named Obama is not going to repeal a bill named Obamacare," Gardner said on ABC's "This Week."

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Senate Republican, on Sunday said President Obama has not shown that he's willing to work with Republicans.

President Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties on Friday, but Barrasso claims that Obama spent too much time discussing executive action on immigration.

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A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky that declared gay marriage bans unconstitutional, therefore upholding the bans in those states.

This is a developing story, which will be updated.

Now that Republicans have control of the Senate, some conservatives are incredibly concerned that the GOP is going to play it too nice.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reminded Republicans that they were not elected to do their job so much as to prevent other people from getting anything done.

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Two Republican election judges in Chicago were removed from their positions in the Republican Party on Tuesday, they say, over objecting to robocalls directing them to vote for GOP candidates.

Chicago election judges last weekend received mysterious automated phone calls telling them they either needed additional training or that they needed to vote a particular way to serve as a judge.

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