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

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Senate Republican, on Sunday said that the Senate must wait until the new Congress starts in January to vote on Eric Holder's replacement as attorney general.

"I do oppose any vote on a successor during the lame-duck session. If it happens, it would be the first time since the Civil War that we’ve had a vote on an attorney general in a lame-duck when parties switched," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

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Earlier this month an outfit called "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia" claimed on its Facebook page that it planned to show up at polling places this November — while armed — and intimidate Democratic voters who had signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker back in 2012. Media outlets, including TPM, picked up on the claims, and a local prosecutor reportedly began looking into the matter. But there are now claims that the whole thing was a hoax, leaving a murky picture of cautious election officials, skeptical observers, and weird Internet subcultures.

A Sept. 18 post on Politicus USA captured screenshots of a Facebook page titled "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia." The group said that members planned to show up at polling locations armed and ready to target Democrats in the "worst areas" of a few cities in southeastern Wisconsin who had signed Walker's recall petition or had outstanding warrants. They would follow those people from the polls and report them to the police. TPM picked up local newspaper reports on the Facebook group on Monday.

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivered an emotional speech announcing his resignation on Thursday.

"I come to this moment with very mixed emotions," he began is speech. "Proud of what the men and women of the Department of Justice have accomplished over the last six years and, at the same time, very sad that I will not be a formal part of the great things that this department and this President will accomplish over the next two."

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Attorney General Eric Holder will announce that he is going to step down from his position, NPR and MSNBC reported on Thursday.

A Justice Department official confirmed to TPM that Holder will resign.

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A Republican congressional candidate in Nevada said he originally felt that he wouldn't be able to win the seat because he would run in a "minority district."

During a meeting in Mesquite, Nev., someone asked Nevada state Assemblyman Cresent Hardy about "minority votes," according to a video posted by the Nevada Democratic Party.

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