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. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, on Thursday made it clear that he will not run for speaker shortly after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped out of the race.

"Kevin McCarthy is the best person to lead the House, and so I'm disappointed in this decision. Now it is important that we, as a Conference, take time to deliberate and seek new candidates for the speakership," he said in a statement. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday said that he does not believe that the federal government needs the Voting Rights Act to oversee voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination.

During a forum held by the Des Moines Register, Bush was asked if he would reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Thursday morning criticized the co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for criticizing Hillary Clinton's latests stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and not focusing enough on Republicans who change their positions.

McCaskill suggested that the show's coverage of Clinton was "unfair" after the presidential candidate on Wednesday announced that she opposes the Pacific trade deal. Clinton supported the administration's efforts to negotiate the TPP as secretary of state, but she also expressed some skepticism about earlier versions of the deal in her book, "Hard Choices." After Clinton's Wednesday announcement, some accused her of flip-flopping.

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly spoke with PBS' Charlie Rose about the network's war with Donald Trump on Wednesday, during which she said she believes the real estate mogul will join her show again at some point.

As Trump attacked Kelly over the questions she asked him at the first Republican presidential debate and repeatedly complained about Fox's coverage of his campaign, but Kelly said on Wednesday that Fox never "wanted any sort of a war with Donald Trump."

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As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was once again addressing his recent comments about the Benghazi committee during a House leadership press conference on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) interjected to defend his colleague.

"Let me just add this: There's not one American in the course of their lifetime who wouldn't rather have the opportunity to say words over again," Boehner said, according to CNN.

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Shortly after the Ten Commandments monument was removed from the state capitol grounds, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Tuesday called for state lawmakers to initiate an amendment to the state constitution that would allow the monument to return to the capitol.

"Moving forward, I believe the people of Oklahoma should have the opportunity to vote on a proposed constitutional change to ensure that historical monuments like this one are not pushed out of public spaces," she said, according to the Tulsa World. "I strongly encourage lawmakers to take up this issue in the next legislative session."

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) addressed his recent comments about the Benghazi committee again on Wednesday, urging people to "stop playing politics."

McCarthy last week touted the House Select Committee on Benghazi's success in hurting Hillary Clinton, prompting outcries from Democrats that the committee was formed for political reasons.

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