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. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared on Wednesday that the Republican brand "sucks."

"Remember Domino's Pizza? They admitted, 'Hey, our pizza crust sucks.' The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans," Paul said, according to The Hill.

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Republican in the Senate, on Wednesday said that the GOP should be "realistic" and target specific components of Obamacare if they take control of the Senate, rather than push for a full repeal.

Barrasso noted that President Obama wouldn't support a full repeal, making an attempt pointless.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday challenged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to show which scientists advised him to impose mandatory quarantines for health workers returning to the U.S. from treating Ebola patients.

"He should bring out his scientists who are advising him on that because we know that we want to be led by the science," she said in an interview with "CBS This Morning." "That's what's going to keep people safe. Science, not politics. I think that’s what’s critical."

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Pope Francis on Monday said that the Big Bang and evolution theories do not contradict the concept of creation.

"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," he said at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment."

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