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

When President Obama returned to the White House on Monday evening during a downpour, he shared his lone umbrella with two staff members as they exited Marine One.

After exiting Marine One with his umbrella, Obama waited for senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and deputy chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge to provide coverage as the three made their way back to the White House.

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Potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday said that given what he knows now, he would not have invaded Iraq.

"You know, this whole issue of—this question that gets asked, 'If you—with what you know today, would you have ordered the invasion of Iraq?'" Perry said at a breakfast event in Iowa, according to the Texas Tribune. "I think if you look what’s happened today, and the answer is no. I mean, with that hindsight, no, I would not have done that."

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on Monday urged Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) to step down after the Federal Elections Commission ruled that the congressman violated campaign finance laws.

"It's a decision he needs to make, but if I were in his position, that's what I would do," Ayotte told New Hampshire television station WMUR.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) hinted at a 2016 presidential bid on Monday with the launch of a presidential exploratory committee.

"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation," Jindal said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. "If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path."

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After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) clarified last week that he would not have invaded Iraq given what he knows now, Donald Trump said on Monday that he would not have gone into Iraq.

On "Fox and Friends," co-host Steve Doocy asked Trump about reports that the Islamic State took control of Ramadi in Iraq and whether Trump would call for "boots on the ground" following ISIL's latest attack.

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) apologized on Sunday after a video surfaced showing her making a whooping noise while discussing Native Americans.

Sanchez, who announced last week that she would run to fill Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) Senate seat, made the gesture during a Saturday meeting with an Indian American group at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Anaheim, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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The Republican National Committee is expected to pass a resolution on Friday backing states' efforts to enact religious freedom laws, but the resolution notably tells states to model their legislation off of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

According to Time Magazine, RNC’s resolutions committee passed the measure on Wednesday, and the full RNC will vote on the resolution Friday at the committee's Spring Meeting.

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