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

During an interview on CBS News, host Charlie Rose quizzed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on his recent remark that Hillary Clinton is not "qualified" to be president, asking the senator whether the tone of the Democratic primary has changed.

Sanders told Rose that he he was simply responding to Clinton and a headline in the Washington Post that said Clinton "questioned" whether Sanders was qualified, a defense Sanders used earlier in the say at a press conference.

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Rep. Pete King (R-NY), who has dismissed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign since he launched his bid last year, on Thursday said that New York Republicans who vote for Cruz in the primary "should have their head examined."

"Really, here’s a guy who refused to sign onto the 9/11 health care act for the cops and fireman. Here’s a guy who talks about New York values," King said on the "Joe Piscopo Show" on AM 970 "The Answer," according to a clip posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Hillary Clinton on Thursday morning brushed off a Wednesday night comment made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that the former secretary of state is not qualified to be president.

"It’s kind of a silly thing to say, but I'm going to trust the voters of New York, who know me, and have voted for me three times — twice for senate, once in the presidential primary," Clinton told reporters outside of a campaign event at Yankee Stadium in New York. "I don't know why he is saying that, but I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any time."

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The Tennessee state legislature on Wednesday advanced two separate pieces of legislation that target LGBT individuals, eliciting outcries from the business community.

The state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow counselors to deny services to individuals based on sincerely held beliefs, letting them refuse to help gay individuals. State Rep. Dan Howell (R) has pushed the legislation in response to a change in the American Counseling Association's ethics code that tells counselors not to refer clients "based solely on the counselor's personally held values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors."

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The executives of eight companies on Wednesday signed onto an open letter urging Mississippi lawmakers to repeal a new law that allows businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals, the Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday.

Executives from GE, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hyatt Hotels, Choice Hotels, Levi Strauss, and Whole Foods Market all signed onto the letter, joining numerous other companies that had already spoken out against the law.

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During a Wednesday rally in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president, responding to comments from the former secretary of state criticizing Sanders' recent interview with the New York Daily News.

"Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous," Sanders said in his Wednesday speech. "And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am quote unquote not qualified to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don't believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds."

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Reince Priebus, the chair of the Republican National Committee, on Wednesday night said that he would make sure that the delegates at the party's nominating convention in July are safe, responding to threats from an ally of Donald Trump.

Roger Stone, an informal adviser to the Trump campaign, this week threatened to reveal the hotels and room numbers for any uncommitted delegates at the July convention who try to help another candidate, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), "steal" the nomination from Trump. Going into the convention, several delegates will not be bound to a specific candidate and will be able to align with the candidate of their choice.

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After meeting with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) distributed a memo to his fellow Senate Republicans on Wednesday, encouraging them to meet with Garland as well, according to CNN's Manu Raju.

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While other states have seen a major backlash from businesses against measures that allow discrimination against LGBT individuals, Mississippi was never bound to see a similar reaction due to the state's beleaguered economy and largely conservative culture.

After the Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses deny services to LGBT individuals and let religious groups fire individuals who hold different religious beliefs, the legislation did see opposition from major employers in the state like Nissan, Toyota, Tyson Food, Inc., and Hyatt. But just four days after the bill was sent to his desk, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed it into law on Tuesday.

Given the state's economy and culture, state lawmakers likely did not feel the same pressures that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was under in 2015 and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) felt just last week.

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A Republican congressman on Tuesday night acknowledged that the new law requiring a photo ID to vote in Wisconsin could help Republican candidates at the polls in the general election.

"I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well," Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Milwaukee television station TMJ4 when asked how either Cruz or Donald Trump could win in November.

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