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. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) said Monday that he will file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the architect of the Capitol for removing a painting by former St. Louis student David Pulphus that depicts police officers as animals.

"Seven months after being displayed as part of a public exhibit, a deluge of alternative right media, aided by the unauthorized actions of certain reactionary members of Congress, deprived Mr. Pulphus of his constitutionally guaranteed 1st Amendment Right of Free Expression," Clay's office said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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In an interview posted on Monday, Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, defended the President's first month on office and blamed mishaps on his staff.

"The staff has probably not prepared him as well as they could have or should have as it related to some of those executive orders and the implementation and what that would mean," Lewandowski said on David Axelrod's podcast after arguing that Trump has begun fulfilling his campaign promises.

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Before James Mattis arrived in Iraq for the first time as defense secretary on Monday, he made it clear that he was not in the country to take its oil, a plan floated by President Donald Trump during the campaign.

“I think all of us here in this room — all of us in America — have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future,” Mattis told reporters Sunday night. “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil.”

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House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Thursday issued new subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts seeking documents related to their probes into ExxonMobil, reinvigorating the panel's investigation into those states' efforts.

But it looks like the stalemate between Smith and the attorneys general will continue, as both officials plan to ignore the chairman's demands for information on their efforts to determine whether Exxon misled investors regarding climate change.

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House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he would not back off from the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use even though she lost the presidential election, and he's staying true to his word.

Now that Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as attorney general, Chaffetz has asked the Justice Department to either convene a grand jury or bring charges against Bryan Pagliano, a Clinton aide who helped set up her private email server. Chaffetz wrote a letter to Sessions on Thursday referring Pagliano for prosecution for failing to comply with a subpoena to testify before the House Oversight Committee.

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Senate Democrats on Thursday evening urged Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt after a court ruled that emails between the Oklahoma attorney general and the fossil fuel industry must be released.

An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered the state attorney general's office to release more than 2,500 emails between Pruitt and members of the fossil fuel industry, like Koch Industries and the National Coal Council, by Tuesday. The ruling came in a case brought by the Center for Media and Democracy in January, in which the group said Pruitt failed to fulfill open records requests.

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As former national security adviser Michael Flynn comes under increasing security over his conversations with the Russian ambassador before inauguration, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) joined an inquiry launched by Democrats into Flynn's 2015 speaking engagements in Russia.

The committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other House Democrats sent a letter to the Defense Department earlier in February asking for information on whether Flynn received payment from Russian officials for attending a dinner hosted by Kremnlin-backed outlet Russia Today. The Democrats charged that Flynn may have violated the Emoluments Clause, which bars government officials from receiving payments from a foreign government.

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The day after the Trump administration unveiled a proposed rule aimed at stabilizing the health insurance market, a former Obama administration official warned on Thursday that the regulation could actually contribute to market instability.

"It came out in a context where there are some much more important things the administration is doing that are undermining market stability. And the rule itself, its most impactful provision, is also undermining market stability," Aviva Aron-Dine, former official in the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama.

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