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

Updated at 10:18 a.m. on Nov. 17

Following the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris, conservative politicians in the U.S. were quick to pressure American leaders to halt efforts to admit Syrian refugees into the country.

The governors of Michigan and Alabama were the first to announce that they would not accept Syrian refugees. And by Tuesday morning, 27 governors in the U.S. announced that they opposed admitting Syrian refugees to the U.S. and into their states.

Numerous governors announced that they would outright refuse to support federal government efforts to settle Syrian refugees in their states. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) issued an executive order on Monday telling state agencies to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in the state.

"All departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana are authorized and directed to utilize all lawful means to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Louisiana while this Order is in effect," the order reads.

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Following the deadly terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, numerous Republican presidential candidates called for U.S. officials to restrict the country's acceptance of Syrian refugees.

In a Sunday interview on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that the U.S. should no longer take in any refugees from Syria because background checks are not thorough enough.

"The problem is not the background checks. The problem is we can't background check them. You can't pick up the phone and call Syria. And that's one of the reasons why I said we won't be able to take more refugees. It's not that we don't want to; it's that we can't because there's no way to background check someone that's coming from Syria," he said.

"In the case of what's happening in Europe, this is a swarm of refugees. And as I've said repeatedly over the last few months, you can have 1,000 people come in and 999 of them are just poor people fleeing oppression and violence but one of them is an ISIS fighter," Rubio continued.

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When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) suggested during Saturday's Democratic debate that Hillary Clinton is indebted to Wall Street campaign donors, the former secretary of state responded by invoking her time as a senator helping Manhattan rebuild after 9/11.

When Clinton was asked how she will show that she will not cave to the demands of Wall street donors, she noted that she has proposed an "aggressive plan to reign in Wall Street."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joked during the Saturday Democratic presidential debate that he is not as much of a socialist as former President Dwight Eisenhower while discussing his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

CBS moderator John Dickerson noted that Sanders has said that he would raise the marginal rate on top earners above 50 percent and asked the presidential candidate how high he would raise it.

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When asked during the Democratic presidential debate whether she believes that the U.S. is at war with "radical Islam," Hillary Clinton emphasized that America is not fighting all Muslims, citing former president George W. Bush.

"I don't think we're at war with Islam. I don't think we're at war with all Muslims. I think we're at war with jihadists," Clinton said.

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At the beginning of the broadcast of the CBS News Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, the candidates paused for a moment of silence to mourn the victims in the Friday terrorist attacks in France.

CBS shifted the focus of the debate following the attacks to allow the candidates more time to address national security and foreign policy.

An aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got into a heated argument with CBS representatives on a Saturday morning conference call after the network decided to alter the focus of the debate in light of the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris, according to reports from Yahoo News and CNN.

Sanders strategist Mark Longabaugh began arguing with officials from CBS when they began to discuss a new focus on national security and foreign policy, an aide with a rival Democratic campaign told Yahoo News.

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Dr. Ben Carson defended his recent claims that the Chinese are involved in Syria during an interview with Yahoo News published on Friday. He said that the Chinese government sells weapons and other supplies in Syria.

"They supply a lot of military equipment and they supply radar equipment and sophisticated monitoring systems. And I don’t think, quite frankly, that you can just send that stuff there and not have a support system for it," he told Yahoo News' Katie Couric when she asked about the claim he made during the last Republican presidential debate.

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