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

After repeatedly arguing that gun control policies fueled Adolf Hitler's rise in Nazi Germany, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said he did not mean for his comments to "diminish the enormity of the tragedy."

The Republican presidential candidate has made numerous references to Hitler over the past year, and most recently said that Hitler's power would have been "greatly diminished if the people had been armed." He addressed his latest comments in an op-ed published Wednesday on The Jerusalem Post.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) opposes raising the minimum wage, but the Republican presidential candidate on Wednesday admitted that people can't live off of jobs that pay only $10 or $11 per hour.

"I have the full confidence that the American private sector, made up of the most innovative and productive people on this planet, won’t just create millions of jobs. They will create millions of jobs that pay more. Because even the jobs that are being created now don’t pay enough. You can’t live on $10 an hour. You can’t live on $11 an hour," he said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed frustrated during his campaign's day-long livestream of the Republican presidential candidate's activities on the campaign trail on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn't be participating in the "dumbass livestream" if he wasn't running for president.

Paul read aloud a few comments and questions people had for him about his campaign on Google.

"The third question, most popular question from Google is, 'Is Rand Paul still running for president?'" Paul said, according to a video posted on YouTube.

"And uh, I don't know -- wouldn't be doing this dumbass livestreaming if I weren't. So yes, I still am running for president. Get over it," he answered.

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During an awkward interview with former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee about the Democratic presidential candidate's tax proposal, Fox News host Sean Hannity grew so frustrated with Chafee's plan that he threw a wad of cash in the air.

After the CNN debate, Hannity asked Chaffee what he considers fair when it comes to taxing the "rich." When Chafee asked for Hannity's definition of "rich," the Fox host said to include the top five percent of wage earners.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American people more "free stuff."

"If you watched that debate last night it looked like something from the early ’80s," Rubio said on "Fox and Friends." "It was basically a liberal verses liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff: Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything."

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Donald Trump said he believes that the federal government has yet to grant him Secret Service protection because he is a Republican presidential candidate, lamenting that the agency doesn’t "give a shit."

The real estate mogul told The Hill that the large crowds he draws warrants a Secret Service detail, noting that President Obama was given Secret Service protection earlier than usual during the 2008 campaign. The White House granted Obama a detail in May 2007 in part due to the large crowds he attracted.

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Following the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly criticized Hillary Clinton for her comment that she was an "outsider" candidate as a woman.

Kelly brought up Clinton's comment after Fox's Howard Kurtz lamented that Clinton mentioned numerous times that she would be the first woman president. Kelly said that women don't want to "highlight" their status as an "outsider."

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Following complaints from parents and lawmakers that Tennessee students were learning too much about Islam in school, a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill that would keep elementary and middle school students from learning about any religion.

Rep. Sheila Butt (R) introduced the bill on Friday. It provides that schools should not include "religious doctrine" in the curriculum before 10th grade and that schools cannot emphasize one religion over another.

"There has been much discussion about the teaching of religion in our public schools and there is a lot of confusion between the State Board of Education and the local Boards of Education about what is being mandated to be taught to our children. This common sense bill would spell it out in plain terms," Butt wrote in a Saturday blog post about her bill. "Our parents send their children to school to learn, not be indoctrinated."

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A 2-year-old boy in Rock Hill, South Carolina, shot his grandmother on Sunday with a loaded gun he found in the backseat of a car, according to Charlotte television station WSOC.

The boy was riding in the backseat of his great-aunt's car, when he took her loaded .357 revolver from the pocket on the back of the seat, according to WSOC. He pulled the trigger, shooting through the passenger seat of the car where his grandmother was sitting.

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After a woman asked Donald Trump a question about equal pay and how he treats women, the real estate mogul's campaign accused former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign of sending the woman to the event.

Bush's campaign on Tuesday confirmed that the woman is an unpaid volunteer with the campaign, but that her question was not sanctioned by the campaign.

While speaking at a No Labels event in New Hampshire on Monday, a member of the audience told Trump, "I don’t think you’re a friend to women."

She then asked, "If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?"

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