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 defending his brother, President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) took an opportunity on Monday night to criticize how former President Bill Clinton addressed Osama bin Laden and the threat posed by al Qaeda.

On Fox News Monday night, Sean Hannity played an audio clip for Bush in which Clinton discussed that the U.S. could not take bin Laden when he was released by the Sudanese government in 1996 because bin Laden had not committed a crime against America, although he had made his intentions known.

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After Donald Trump repeatedly suggested that President George W. Bush was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the hosts of "Fox and Friends" on Monday morning proposed that the real estate mogul instead target President Bill Clinton.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade told Trump that he should be "madder" at Clinton "for not taking a legitimate shot at somebody who declared war on us in the '90s."

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said over the weekend that the accusations that his investigation is merely a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton have weighed on him.

"I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life," Gowdy told Politico in an interview published on Sunday night. "Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me."

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During a discussion on the new tiff between Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and President George W. Bush, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his own comments about the aftermath of 9/11.

During the September Republican presidential debate, Carson said that the moderate Arab states would have turned over Osama Bin Laden in two weeks if the U.S. had declared its intention to become energy independent.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may have pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire polls in September, but the former secretary of state closed the gap again after the first Democratic presidential debate, according to a poll released on Friday by Suffolk University and the Boston Globe.

Among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire surveyed following the debate, 37 percent favored Clinton and 35 percent favored Sanders. And among voters who tuned into the debate, Clinton led Sanders by five points.

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A vice chairman at the Democratic National Committee on Thursday accused the committee's chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), of lying about another official at the DNC, escalating a public tiff between Wasserman Schultz and two DNC vice chairs over the number of Democratic presidential debates sanctioned by the party.

R.T. Rybak, a DNC vice chairman and former Minneapolis mayor, told the New York Times that Wasserman Schultz made statements about another DNC vice chair, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) that are "flat-out not true," and he questioned whether the chair "can lead this party."

Democratic officials have been at odds for a while over the number of DNC-sanctioned presidential debates. The committee has permitted the candidates to participate in six debates despite calls from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for more debates.

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Carly Fiorina on Thursday called out a voter who complained to her during a campaign event in Iowa that Muslims are "raising heck" and should leave the country.

"The Muslims are really raising heck right now,” the event attendee told Fiorina, according to video recorded by CNN. "They want to change our whole country to suit them. If they don’t like the United States, get out of here. Take your camel and beat it!"

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This post has been updated.

After threatening to boycott the nest Republican presidential debate held by CNBC, Donald Trump said on Friday morning that the network had agreed to limit the debate to two hours.

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