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.

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Senare Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday night said that if Donald Trump does not select a "mainstream" Supreme Court nominee, Democrats in the Senate will do their best to keep the seat open.

"We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail," Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "They won’t have 60 votes to put in an out-of-the-mainstream nominee and then they’ll have to make a choice: change the rules. It’s gonna be very hard for them to change the rules because there are a handful of Republicans who believe in the institution of the Senate."

"We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice," he added.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night claimed that his planned briefing with intelligence officials on cyber attacks carried out by Russians was delayed until Friday and attempted to cast doubt on the intelligence community's conclusion about the hacking.

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In his first speech as Senate minority leader Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised that Senate Democrats will hold Donald Trump and his Republicans accountable to the rule of law and campaign promises.

"It is not our job to be a rubber stamp. It's our job to do what's best for the American people, the middle class, and those struggling to get there," Schumer said.

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Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist whose sprawling corruption case helped prompt the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics, on Tuesday bashed House Republicans' short-lived attempt to weaken the office.

"While there seems to be little question that some of the procedures of the Office of Congressional Ethics can and probably have created collateral political problems for innocent Members of Congress, moving to diminish oversight is exactly the opposite of what Congress should be doing," Abramoff told Politico before House Republicans pulled the measure.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning released a statement attempting to downplay the vote by House Republicans on Monday night to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.

"After eight years of operation, many members believe the Office of Congressional Ethics is in need of reform to protect due process and ensure it is operating according to its stated mission. I want to make clear that this House will hold its members to the highest ethical standards and the Office will continue to operate independently to provide public accountability to Congress," Ryan said in a statement.

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Mike Pence will meet with members of the House Republican caucus on Wednesday to discuss plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to Politico and The Hill.

He will attend the Republican conference meeting Wednesday morning, the first meeting of the conference with the new Congress.

During a speech at his New Year's Eve celebration at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, Donald Trump gave a shout-out to his business partner in Dubai, just weeks before the real estate mogul will take office.

"Hussain and the whole family, the most beautiful people, from are here Dubai tonight. And they're seeing it and they're loving it," Trump says in a video obtained by CNN and published on Monday.

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After North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday warned that the country was close to testing a intercontinental ballistic missile, Donald Trump assured Americans that North Korea would not obtain a long range nuclear missile.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday morning announced that he will nominate Robert Lighthizer to be the United States trade representative.

“Ambassador Lighthizer is going to do an outstanding job representing the United States as we fight for good trade deals that put the American worker first,” Trump said in a statement. “He has extensive experience striking agreements that protect some of the most important sectors of our economy, and has repeatedly fought in the private sector to prevent bad deals from hurting Americans. He will do an amazing job helping turn around the failed trade policies which have robbed so many Americans of prosperity.”

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