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

Donald Trump does not plan on completely divesting from his businesses, but plans to have his two oldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, run his companies, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the discussions.

Ivanka Trump will also likely leave the Trump Organization and is looking into ways to separate herself from her own businesses, according to the New York Times. Ivanka Trump has been the most outspoken of Trump's children on policy issues and has reportedly expressed interest in addressing climate change. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also close to Donald Trump and has served as a key adviser.

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The president of Carrier's union started receiving threats after Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack going after the union leader for noting that Trump inflated the number of Carrier jobs he saved in Indiana.

Trump last week touted his deal with Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, to save jobs at an Indiana Carrier factory, claiming that he convinced the air conditioner manufacturer to keep 1,100 jobs in the U.S. However, United Technologies had never planned to move 350 of those jobs to Mexico and still plans to cut 700 jobs from another factory.

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning formally announced that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

"For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity."

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Even though Gov. Pat McCrory (R) ultimately lost his re-election bid, Republican legislators – with a veto-proof majority – may still seize on his allegations of widespread voter fraud to push for new voting restrictions next year.

“We have a very strong suspicion that the purpose of all of these challenges and allegations of irregularities, at least for the last three of the last four weeks, haven’t really been about McCrory winning. They’ve been about building a 'record' for the legislature in the next session, passing more voter restriction laws,” Allison Riggs, a lawyer with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice which advocates for voting rights, told TPM.

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Donald Trump's unprecedented phone call with the president of Taiwan last week was the culmination of a lengthy lobbying effort by former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) to help Taiwanese officials gain access to Trump and his advisers.

Documents filed with the Justice Department and reviewed by the New York Times show that Dole spent several months lobbying Trump officials for the Taiwanese government and arranging meetings.

His efforts with the firm Alston & Bird led to the call between Trump and the president of Taiwan that prompted a warning from China. The disclosure documents were submitted about a week ago, before the phone call, and Dole later confirmed that he played a role in setting up the call.

"It’s fair to say that we had some influence,” Dole told the New York Times on Tuesday. “When you represent a client and they make requests, you’re supposed to respond."

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Donald Trump said on Wednesday morning that he has asked President Obama for advice on potential cabinet appointments.

“I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one,” Trump said on NBC's "Today" when asked if he's talked to Obama about cabinet selections. "I take his recommendations very seriously. And there are some people that I will be appointing, and in one case have appointed, where he thought very highly of that person."

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Mike Pence on Tuesday night delivered the keynote speech at an event for Heritage Foundation donors at Donald Trump's Washington, D.C. hotel, where he touted Trump's victory and listed the incoming administration's top priorities.

"We truly believe that our president-elect has secured a mandate for leadership," Pence said, according to the Washington Post.

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As white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at Texas A&M on Tuesday night, thousands gathered on campus to protest his speech, leading to two arrests.

During his two-hour speech at the school, Spencer spoke about white supremacy. He told a crowd of about 400, "At the end of the day, America belongs to white men," according to CNN.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night formally announced that he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.

"He is one of the most effective generals and extraordinary leaders of our time, who has committed his life to his love for our country. General Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps motto, ‘Semper Fidelis,’ always faithful, and the American people are fortunate that a man of his character and integrity will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defense," Trump said in a statement. "Under his leadership, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists and face our enemies head on, and make America safe again."

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