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. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American people more "free stuff."

"If you watched that debate last night it looked like something from the early ’80s," Rubio said on "Fox and Friends." "It was basically a liberal verses liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff: Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything."

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Donald Trump said he believes that the federal government has yet to grant him Secret Service protection because he is a Republican presidential candidate, lamenting that the agency doesn’t "give a shit."

The real estate mogul told The Hill that the large crowds he draws warrants a Secret Service detail, noting that President Obama was given Secret Service protection earlier than usual during the 2008 campaign. The White House granted Obama a detail in May 2007 in part due to the large crowds he attracted.

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Following the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly criticized Hillary Clinton for her comment that she was an "outsider" candidate as a woman.

Kelly brought up Clinton's comment after Fox's Howard Kurtz lamented that Clinton mentioned numerous times that she would be the first woman president. Kelly said that women don't want to "highlight" their status as an "outsider."

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Following complaints from parents and lawmakers that Tennessee students were learning too much about Islam in school, a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill that would keep elementary and middle school students from learning about any religion.

Rep. Sheila Butt (R) introduced the bill on Friday. It provides that schools should not include "religious doctrine" in the curriculum before 10th grade and that schools cannot emphasize one religion over another.

"There has been much discussion about the teaching of religion in our public schools and there is a lot of confusion between the State Board of Education and the local Boards of Education about what is being mandated to be taught to our children. This common sense bill would spell it out in plain terms," Butt wrote in a Saturday blog post about her bill. "Our parents send their children to school to learn, not be indoctrinated."

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A 2-year-old boy in Rock Hill, South Carolina, shot his grandmother on Sunday with a loaded gun he found in the backseat of a car, according to Charlotte television station WSOC.

The boy was riding in the backseat of his great-aunt's car, when he took her loaded .357 revolver from the pocket on the back of the seat, according to WSOC. He pulled the trigger, shooting through the passenger seat of the car where his grandmother was sitting.

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After a woman asked Donald Trump a question about equal pay and how he treats women, the real estate mogul's campaign accused former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign of sending the woman to the event.

Bush's campaign on Tuesday confirmed that the woman is an unpaid volunteer with the campaign, but that her question was not sanctioned by the campaign.

While speaking at a No Labels event in New Hampshire on Monday, a member of the audience told Trump, "I don’t think you’re a friend to women."

She then asked, "If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) lamented on Monday that the U.S. military's effort to allow transgender individuals to serve will take away from its main focus.

"How about having the military focusing on hunting down and killing the bad guys...instead of treating it as this crucible for social justice innovations," the presidential candidate said at a campaign event in Iowa, according to the Washington Post. "We’ve lost sight of what their job is and that’s what we need to get back to."

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Hillary Clinton joined a protest held by members of the Culinary Workers Union outside of Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel on Monday, slamming the real estate mogul's comments on the campaign trail.

"Some people think Mr. Trump is entertaining,” Clinton said, according to Buzzfeed News. "But I don’t think it’s entertaining when somebody insults immigrants, insults women."

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson invoked the American soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II while discussing how he will continue to fight for the Republican presidential nomination at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

"We have to begin to think about those who come behind us. Because what would have happened to us if those who preceded us were little chicken livers. What if they weren't willing to take risk?" he asked. "What if on D-Day our soldiers invading the beaches of Normandy had seen their colleagues being cut down, a hundred bodies laying in the sand, a thousand bodies laying in the sand -- what if they had been frightened and turned back? Well, I guarantee you they were frightened, but they didn't turn back."

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