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. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for the accidental killing of two hostages by a drone strike targeting al Qaeda operatives, claiming that the U.S. government could have prevented the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein.

Hunter alleged in a statement that the Pentagon had tried to secure Weinstein's release while negotiating to free Bowe Bergdahl. Hunter claimed that the State Department went ahead with the prisoner swap that led to Bergdahl's release without including Weinstein "due to infighting and disagreements among lead organizations."

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President Obama on Thursday said that he takes responsibility for all U.S. counterterrorism attacks, including the operation in January that killed two hostages, an American and an Italian.

"I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations," Obama said in a press conference addressing the deaths of the two hostages. "I profoundly regret what happened."

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During a Wednesday speech in the Florida Everglades urging the nation to act on climate change, President Obama took a subtle jab at Florida's alleged ban on the term "climate change."

"Simply refusing to say the words ‘climate change’ doesn’t mean that climate change isn’t happening," Obama said during the speech, according to the New York Times.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Wednesday took a jab at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his presidential run, declaring Paul to be the worst Republican on security issues.

"Sen. Paul is the worst possible candidate of the 20 or so that are running on the most important issue, which is national security," McCain told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "The record is very clear that he simply does not have an understanding about the needs and the threats of United States national security."

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In the wake of a poll last week showing low approval ratings for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a second poll released on Wednesday found Walker's approval rating slipping as well.

Just 41 percent of Wisconsin residents approved of Walker while 58 percent disapproved, according to a poll released by St. Norbert College, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) performs the best against Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical presidential race, only trailing her by two percentage points, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released on Thursday.

In the matchup between Rubio and Clinton, 43 percent of voters supported Rubio and 45 percent supported Clinton. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) trailed behind Clinton by four points, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each trailed Clinton by five points.

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White House spokesman Eric Schultz on Wednesday addressed the Florida government's alleged ban on the term "climate change" and encouraged the state to acknowledge climate change's impact.

During the President's trip to the Florida Everglades to discuss the environment, Schultz was asked about reports that Florida state officials cannot use the terms "climate change" or "global warming" in official communications.

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In the season premiere of Amy Schumer's Comedy Central show, Schumer, along with Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette, perfectly call out Hollywood for aging out women at a younger age than men.

In the "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch, Schumer stumbles upon Fey, Louis-Dreyfus and Arquette eating lunch and celebrating Louis-Dreyfus' "last fuckable day."

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After President Obama said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was "wrong" to oppose the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries, Warren hit back with a tweet and email to supporters on Wednesday questioning why the Obama administration won't let the public see the the trade deal.

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