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

Donald Trump's transition team will not let any ambassadors who were political appointees stay on their posts abroad past Inauguration Day, breaking from the tradition of giving some diplomats a grace period before a new ambassador is appointed, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing several unnamed diplomats.

Politico confirmed that the Trump team issued the mandate ordering all political appointees to leave their diplomatic posts on Inauguration Day, citing an unnamed State Department official.

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Following reports that the Donald Trump team's current plan for building a border wall relies on Congress to appropriate federal funds to pay for the wall, Trump lashed out against the media and insisted that Mexico would pay eventually.

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Donald Trump on Thursday evening continued to publish tweets expressing skepticism of the United States intelligence community's conclusions that Russian actors carried out cyber attacks on Democratic groups in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.

The President-elect is set to be briefed by intelligence officials on Russian hacking on Friday, but he spent Thursday evening blasting media leaks and questioning whether the Democratic National Committee was hacked.

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Republican lawmakers in Texas filed a bill Thursday similar to the controversial law in North Carolina known as HB2 that would keep transgender individuals from using the public restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

The bill, called the Privacy Protection Act, would mandate that people use the bathroom in schools and government buildings that correspond to their "biological sex" and would bar local governments from enacting ordinances allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. The legislation would allow schools to accommodate transgender students with a single-occupancy bathroom or other arrangement and also establishes fines for schools or agencies that do not comply.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday morning knocked Donald Trump for calling him a "clown" over Schumer's Wednesday comments about Republican plans to repeal Obamacare.

"I’d say to President-elect [sic] that this is serious, serious stuff. People’s health is at stake, and people’s lives are at stake," Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about Trump's comments.

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United States intelligence agencies obtained evidence after the November election that allegedly showed Russia leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks through a third party, Reuters reported Thursday morning.

Officials had linked Russia to the hacks earlier but had not been clear on the amount of control Russia had over the leaks, unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Donald Trump and his transition team are working on a plan to revamp and reduce the size of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA because the President-elect believes that the U.S. intelligence community is biased against him and has tried to undermine his election, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.

Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his nominee to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) also believe that the DNI and CIA are biased, and the two are helping devise the plan to restructure the agencies, according to the Journal.

Per the Wall Street Journal:

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