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

On "The Late Show" Wednesday night, host Stephen Colbert mocked the Republican presidential candidates' attempts to "get their Ronnie on" as the second debate took place at President Ronald Reagan's presidential library.

Colbert narrowed in on a new ad that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) aired during the CNN debate and on Fox News afterward. The ad uses a scorpion to represent the threat of terrorism in the Middle East, noting that some "refuse to even speak its name" -- a reference to Cruz's criticism that Obama is hesitant to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."

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After the CNN Republican presidential debate last night, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly noticed that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not get much air time, suggesting that the senator is too conservative for CNN's taste.

In a post-debate interview, O'Reilly told Cruz that he got the eighth most speaking time during the debate.

"Do you think because you are a hard-right guy that you are being ignored by the debate people?" the Fox host asked. "Do you think your conservative stance offends them, so they don’t want to hear from you?"

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with leaders in Congress during his November trip to visit President Obama, according to a Republican leadership aide.

Netanyahu's potential visit with Congress was first reported by Politico. The White House announcement about Netanyahu's visit did not specify whether he would meet with Congress.

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Alabama updated its science education standards for the first time in a decade, requiring schools to teach students about evolution and human activity's impact on climate change, starting in 2016.

Previously, the standards did require schools to touch on evolution, but the new standards direct teachers to teach the scientific evidence that supports the evolutionary theory, according to the Associated Press.

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After a hospital in rural Kansas announced last week that it will have to close, Republicans in Kansas may reconsider expanding Medicaid in the state.

Republican state Sen. Jeff King, the vice president of the state senate, expressed willingness to expand Medicaid in some form to prevent additional hospital closures.

"I've never been amenable to just an expansion of the Affordable Care Act," he told the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday. "But as we look at states like Indiana that take a real state-centric approach to addressing the health care needs of their poor, I think that's something that Kansas needs to strongly consider."

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Donald Trump has often mentioned his love for Ronald Reagan, a popular name-drop among Republicans, but a Wall Street Journal report published on Wednesday show that Trump may have been a little late to donate to the Republican idol.

FEC records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal show that after Reagan announced his bid for president in 1979, Trump donated to the campaign of his Democratic opponent, Jimmy Carter.

When approached about this, Trump told the Journal, "Keep checking." He said he believed he had donated to Reagan.

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During a speech at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden criticized Donald Trump's "sick message" about immigration.

"There’s one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn't occurred in a long time," Biden said, according to CNN.

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