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

Asked if President Donald Trump would consider taking military action against Iran, White House Press Secretary said Friday that Trump never takes options off the table.

"The President's been very clear," Spicer said during the daily press briefing. "He doesn't take options off the table, but he understands the impact of something like" military action."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday suggested President Donald Trump "inspired" the job growth shown in the January jobs report, even though Trump was only sworn into office on Jan. 20.

"Today's report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired," Spicer told reporters at the daily press briefing.

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After Politico reported that the White House quashed a State Department statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that specifically mentioned Jewish victims, the director of the Anti-Defamation League called on President Donald Trump to apologize.

"To not include Jews when talking about the Holocaust is to miss the very essence of this low point in human history. Time for President Trump to apologize and set the record straight," ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt said late Thursday in a statement.

Trump's statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day last week did not explicitly mention Jewish victims, prompting scrutiny from groups like the ADL.

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A former prime minister of Norway says he was stopped for questioning at Dulles airport in Virginia because his passport showed that he had traveled to Iran, but told his experience was not prompted by the Trump administration's new executive order on immigration.

Kjell Magne Bondevik told local news station WJLA that he was flying in from Europe but was stopped, despite having a diplomatic passport, because of a 2014 trip to Iran.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday evening signaled a potential shift in his policy toward Israel with a statement from the White House saying that expansions of Israeli settlements may inhibit the peace process with Palestine.

"The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. "As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region."

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Republicans on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee on Thursday suspended committee rules to approve President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency even though Democrats boycotted the committee meeting.

The Senate rules typically require at least one member of the minority to be present in order to vote on a nominee, but Democrats were in their second day of boycotting the EPA nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. By suspending the rules, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the committee, was able to proceed without Democrats.

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Rep. Peter Roskam's (R-IL) office cancelled a meeting with constituents about Obamacare on Wednesday when a staffer for the congressman learned that a reporter was present, according to the Aurora Beacon-News.

Constituent Sandra Alexander told the Beacon-News that she arranged the meeting about the Affordable Care Act with Roskam's staff ahead of time and informed them that she would be bringing along a small group.

But staffers cancelled the meeting before it could begin, ostensibly because there were members of the media present

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