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

Sarah Palin on Tuesday night lauded Donald Trump's immigration plan during an appearance on Fox News, arguing that ending birthright citizenship would help keep families together.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said that those who oppose ending birthright citizenship will portray Trump's plan as "heartless," but Palin said "nothing could be further from the truth." She argued that the children of those who are not citizens should be deported from the U.S. along with their parents.

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Republican New York Assemblyman John Ceretto announced on Tuesday that he will run for re-election in 2016 as a Democrat, prompting one of his fellow Republican assembly members to launch a series of insults at Ceretto on Twitter.

Before serving in the New York state assembly, Ceretto was a member of the Democratic Party, according to The Buffalo News. He switched to the Republican Party in 2006, and he was elected to the assembly as a Republican in 2010. And now he's ready to return to the Democratic party.

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As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential primary with outlandish statements, two Democratic members of Congress have launched an attempt to keep Trump's name off of the hotel he is building in the historic Old Post Office in Washington, D.C.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) wrote last week that Trump's "repulsive speech has no place in our public discourse," the Washington Business Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Fresh off his confrontation with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump is now lashing out at Fox News pollster Frank Luntz over the focus group following the first Republican presidential debate.

The participants in Luntz's focus group bashed the real estate mogul's performance and called Trump "mean" and "bombastic." Trump was quick to criticize the focus group, calling Luntz a "clown" and a "low class slob" on Twitter.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday agreed with fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the U.S. should put an end to birthright citizenship.

"I don’t mind changing that law. I think it’s a bad practice to give citizenship based on birth. We have evidence of people buying tourist visas for the express purpose of coming over here and having a child as birth tourism. I don’t think that’s a good idea," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "But that’s not going to happen until we fix a broken immigration system."

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday confirmed that he has been unable to pay his presidential campaign staffers, but seemed confident that his campaign will be able to compensate those staffers in the future.

"Have I been able to for the last week? No," he said on CNN's "New Day" when asked about reports that he has been unable to pay his campaign. "We’ve got a lot of young people that are volunteering for us and I greatly appreciate their commitment to the cause. And as the dollars come in, we’ll appropriately take care of those that are working with us on a paid status."

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During a visit to the Navajo Nation on Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was met with protesters upset about a toxic waste spill at a Colorado mine that contaminated the San Juan River.

Protesters held signs that read "McCain = Indian Killer" and "McCain's Not Welcome Here" as the senator joined Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for celebrations at Navajo Code Talker Day in Window Rock, Arizona, according to Phoenix television station KPNX.

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After the owner of a Florida gun store came under scrutiny for declaring his shop a "Muslim-free zone," George Zimmerman decided to help the store with a fundraiser selling Confederate flag prints.

Andrew Hallinan, the owner of Florida Gun Supply, announced the fundraiser in a Monday video. He said that both the Confederate flag and George Zimmerman were "mistreated" by the media, though he acknowledged that the Confederate battle flag has been used by racists.

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