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

A former prime minister of Norway says he was stopped for questioning at Dulles airport in Virginia because his passport showed that he had traveled to Iran, but told his experience was not prompted by the Trump administration's new executive order on immigration.

Kjell Magne Bondevik told local news station WJLA that he was flying in from Europe but was stopped, despite having a diplomatic passport, because of a 2014 trip to Iran.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday evening signaled a potential shift in his policy toward Israel with a statement from the White House saying that expansions of Israeli settlements may inhibit the peace process with Palestine.

"The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. "As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region."

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Republicans on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee on Thursday suspended committee rules to approve President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency even though Democrats boycotted the committee meeting.

The Senate rules typically require at least one member of the minority to be present in order to vote on a nominee, but Democrats were in their second day of boycotting the EPA nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. By suspending the rules, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the committee, was able to proceed without Democrats.

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Rep. Peter Roskam's (R-IL) office cancelled a meeting with constituents about Obamacare on Wednesday when a staffer for the congressman learned that a reporter was present, according to the Aurora Beacon-News.

Constituent Sandra Alexander told the Beacon-News that she arranged the meeting about the Affordable Care Act with Roskam's staff ahead of time and informed them that she would be bringing along a small group.

But staffers cancelled the meeting before it could begin, ostensibly because there were members of the media present

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During a phone call on Wednesday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump railed against a deal for the United States to accept more than 1,000 refugees from Australia, telling the Australian leader that is was his worst call of the day, according to a Washington Post report.

Senior U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Trump used the call with one of America's closest allies to criticize the refugee deal and to brag about his win in the 2016 election. While discussing the refugee deal, Trump told Turnbull that it was the "worst deal ever" and accused Australia of trying to send the "next Boston bombers" to the U.S. Trump also worried that accepting the refugees from Australia would get him "killed" politically, according to the Washington Post.

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Before his inauguration, President Donald Trump's transition team told inspectors general, the independent watchdogs at each federal agency, that they would only stay on in the Trump administration temporarily, according to an email obtained by Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee and viewed by the Washington Post.

In a Jan. 13 email, transition official Katie Giblin instructed the transition agency leads to tell the inspectors general in their respective agencies "that they are being held over on a temporary basis," according to the Washington Post.

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Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday morning suspended the rules and voted to approve President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services even though Democrats on the committee were not present.

Democrats on the committee refused to vote on Steve Mnuchin and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) until both nominees answered additional questions.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday afternoon painstakingly insisted that President Donald Trump's order barring immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries was not a "travel ban."

But with one tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump undid Spicer's efforts and said he did not care what term was used to describe his order.

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