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. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday night said that he does not regret saying that former President Bill Clinton's past behavior was "totally disgraceful and unacceptable," but noted that he did not bring up the issue himself and that he will continue to debate Hillary Clinton on the issues.

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, moderator Andrea Mitchell asked Sanders if he regretted his response about Bill Clinton's behavior during a town hall earlier in the month.

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During the Sunday Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Republican politicians who do not take climate change seriously, calling out Donald Trump for his theory that the concept of global warming was created by the Chinese.

"It is amazing to me, and I think we'll have agreement on this up here, that we have a major party called the Republican Party that is so owned by the fossil fuel industry, and their campaign contributions, that they don't even have the courage, the decency to listen to the scientists," Sanders said. "It is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a president of the United States, somebody like Trump who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese."

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When asked how his plans for regulating Wall Street would differ from those proposed by Hillary Clinton during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) took a shot at the former secretary of state's income from speaking fees.

"Well, the first difference is I don't take money from big banks. I don't get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs," Sanders said in response, before launching into his plans for regulating Wall Street.

During the Sunday night Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton reiterated her attacks on Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) gun control record, going after him for voting against numerous gun control bills as a member of Congress.

"I have made it clear, based on Sen. Sanders own record that he has voted with the NRA, with the gun lobby numerous times," Clinton said Sunday night.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Thursday said that President Obama is the most "racially divisive" president of the United States since those who supported slavery.

"There probably has not been a more racially divisive, economic divisive president in the White House since we had presidents who supported slavery," Brooks said on Alabama radio show "The Dale Jackson Show," according to audio posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Ten people were evaluated for possible lead exposure in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Friday after cafeteria employees reported feeling sick, NBC Washington reported.

Eight people were taken to local hospitals with minor symptoms, D.C. fire department spokesman Tim Wilson told the Washington Post.

U.S. Capitol Police, emergency responders arrived at the cafeteria around 10:45 a.m., according to NBC. And a Capitol Police Hazmat team began investigating the cafeteria.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the national co-chair of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign, said on Friday that in retrospect, it wasn't a great idea for Cruz to bring up Donald Trump's "New York values" during the Thursday night Republican presidential debate.

During an interview on CNN's "New Day," co-host Chris Cuomo asked King whether Cruz went too far with that line of attack.

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Hillary Clinton on Friday morning defended New Yorkers from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has recently tried to attack Donald Trump for embodying "New York values."

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The only topic that the three top evening newscast covered more in 2015 than Donald Trump's presidential bid was winter weather, according to an analysis of coverage by ABC, NBC and CBS by news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

Those three evening newscasts spent 327 minutes covering Trump and 377 minutes covering winter storms. The news programs covered the San Bernardino shooting for 237 minutes and the Islamic State for a total of 220 minutes.

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A Virginia Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their "anatomical sex," which would prevent transgender students from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identification, according to the Washington Post.

Del. Mark L. Cole (R), the lawmaker who sponsored the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "protect the privacy of children and adults," according to the Washington Post.

"Schools have been sued for not allowing males to use female restrooms, and this legislation is intended to adopt a clear policy and to pre-empt further suits," Cole said.

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