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

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday evening brushed off a tape leaked by Breitbart News revealing him discussing in October how he would not defend President Donald Trump.

“This is ancient history," Ryan told Fox News' Martha MacCallum on Tuesday. “It’s no secret Donald and I had our ups and downs— the President and I had our ups and downs during the campaign. But we merged forces at the end of the campaign.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday evening insisted that the GOP's three part plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is viable despite doubts from some Republican senators.

During an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, Ryan noted that Republicans cannot include every provision they want in this initial bill to repeal and replace Obamacare because they must use the reconciliation process. That process only requires 51 votes in the Senate, so it could pass with only Republican support. Ryan said that Republicans have a "three part process" because of that restriction. The second phase would be regulations from the executive branch, and the third phase is additional legislation that would need Democratic votes in the Senate to pass.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday offered a reality check to top Republicans who have been touting a three-part plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, arguing that the third phase will never come to fruition.

"Anything placed in so-called bucket three will never pass," he told reporters, according to The Hill. "If we want to pass real reforms we have to do it now on budget reconciliation."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday confirmed that the White House is helping draft an amendment to legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leadership last week.

Politico reported Monday night that President Donald Trump was considering backing a "manager's amendment," typically a large package of amendments agreed upon in advance, that would appease conservative opponents of the legislation.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss issues related to climate change while he was an executive at ExxonMobil, according to the New York attorney general.

Attorney General Eric Scheiderman made the claim in a letter Monday asking a New York state judge to enforce a subpoena for documents in the state's probe into whether Exxon misled investors about what it knew about climate change and its impact on the company.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Tuesday threw cold water on remarks from top Republicans that legislation the Congressional Budget Office gave a dreadful score to is just one of three phases in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

"There is no three-phase process. There is no three-step plan. That is just political talk. It’s just politicians engaging in spin," Cotton told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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President Donald Trump is considering accommodating changes to the House leadership bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that are favored by its conservative opponents, Politico reported Monday night, citing two unnamed administration officials.

"I think the changes that the conservatives want are more and more likely,” one administration official told Politico.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Tuesday morning said that all Americans will have access to health insurance and the "financial feasibility" to purchase it after repeatedly dodging questions on whether the Republican plan to replace Obamacare will cause people to lose their insurance.

His comments came after the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause 24 million people to lose their health coverage by 2026.

"Every single American will have access and have the financial feasibility to purchase it," Price said on NBC's "Today," noting that the plan provides tax credits to help some people purchase insurance.

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday said that he received a "sufficient" response from the Trump administration about President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama.

"I've talked to all the appropriate people," he told CNN. "I would say from our conversations, what we've gotten are sufficient answers."

Burr would not say whether there is evidence to back up Trump's claim, per CNN.

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