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

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) may not be on board with a bill offered earlier this month that would keep elementary and middle school students from learning about religion. The legislation was proposed amidst complaints from parents and lawmakers that students were learning about too much about Islam.

"I don't know how you talk about the founding of America, and what became of the United States, without talking about religious doctrine," Haslam told reporters, according to the Associated Press. "Now, that's very different than indoctrinating, or teaching that doctrine as truth."

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Former President George W. Bush described Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as "opportunistic" at a Sunday night fundraiser for his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), according to a Politico report.

"I just don’t like the guy," Bush said, according to a donor who spoke with Politico.

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Co-host of Fox News' "The Five" and former press secretary to President George W. Bush Dana Perino on Monday evening slammed Donald Trump for suggesting that Bush was partially to blame for the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I think it was a dismal weekend when you have liberal conspiracy theories being introduced by the Republican frontrunner," she said on "The Five."

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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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