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

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday said that former President George W. Bush (R) may have gone about the Iraq invasion differently if he had known he would be succeeded in the White House by President Obama.

"Everybody else wants to ask that question about, 'Gee, would you have gone into Iraq, you know, knowing what you know now?' And I think if President Bush had known that he would have a total incompetent follow him -- that would not even be able to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq, that would start helping our enemies and just totally put the Middle East in chaos -- then he would have to think twice about doing anything if he had known he would have such a total incompetent leader take over after him. That should be the question," Gohmert said in an interview with radio host John Fredericks, according to an audio clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, insisted on Wednesday that he does not trust Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over President Obama when it comes to the nuclear deal, despite comments the senator made at a recent town hall.

During an event in Cerdarburg, Wisc., Johnson suggested that Obama can't be trusted to relay details about the nuclear deal the U.S. is negotiating with Iran.

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In Tuesday's episode of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," the comedian mocks child beauty pageants with a spoof of the television show "Toddlers & Tiaras."

In the "Babies & Bustiers" sketch, Schumer stars as Amy Merryweather Sherman, a 6-year-old with "Fetal Red Bull Syndrome" -- she ages at five times the normal rate.

"I was put on this great earth to win pageants and spread the word of the Almighty," Sherman tells the camera.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has been adamantly pushing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on Tuesday called on Hillary Clinton to take a "clearer" stance on the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries.

Warren told Bloomberg News that she would like to know more about Clinton's views on a provision in the trade deal that Warren says could undermine U.S. financial regulations.

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After fielding a few questions from reporters about gay rights on Tuesday, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went off on "the left" and began discussing the Islamic State's treatment of gay people.

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?" Cruz asked reporters at an event in Beaumont, Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, suggested at a recent town hall event in Cerdarburg, Wisc., that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may be more trustworthy than President Obama when it comes to the nuclear deal.

"Now, a President who was awarded the 2013 Politifact Lie of the Year, if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period. If you like your doctor you can keep it, period. They lied boldfaced to the American public repeatedly with Obamacare," Johnson said, according to a clip surfaced by Buzzfeed News on Tuesday.

"I don’t know, I hate to admit it, but in terms of this framework, do I trust President Obama, or do I trust the Ayatollah? In terms of what the framework actually says? I’m not so sure I’m trusting President Obama on this," Johnson continued.

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A New Jersey lawyer filed a lawsuit accusing a Sussex County sheriff's officer of putting a metal detector wand up her skirt when she visited the county jail in August, NJ.com reported on Monday.

Bonita Bourke claims that after she set off the metal detector at the Sussex County jail, corrections officer Sean Long "inappropriately" put his detection wand in between her legs and up her skirt, according to NJ.com

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Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday reiterated that she "made a mistake" when she voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq as a senator in 2002.

After an event in Iowa on Tuesday, Clinton was asked whether the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.

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