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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. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) does not have a problem with Senate Republicans move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for calling attention to Jeff Sessions' civil rights record on the Senate floor.

"The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her," Graham said the Mike Gallagher Show on Wednesday, according to a clip highlighted by CNN. "I mean, she is clearly running for the nomination in 2020."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday dismissed Democrats' concerns about attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) record on civil rights by arguing that it was Democrats who promoted Jim Crow laws and formed the Ku Klux Klan.

The Texas senator was responding to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) speech on the Senate floor Tuesday night opposing Sessions.

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A group of former Republican officials will propose a plan to the White House to put in place a carbon tax in an effort to stave off climate change, the New York Times reported Wednesday morning.

James Baker III, who served as secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, is leading the group, along with former Secretary of State George Schultz and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr., per the Times.

Baker told the New York Times that he will meet with members of the Trump administration on Wednesday, including Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump.

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President Donald Trump met with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Tuesday at the White House, but the two did not discuss oversight at the request of the President.

"Before my bum even hit the chair, the president said, 'No oversight. You can’t talk about anything that has to do with oversight,'" Chaffetz told reporters following his meeting with Trump, according to Politico.

They did not discuss oversight of the Trump administration or investigations into Hillary Clinton, Chaffetz said.

The oversight chair said that he may talk to Trump about oversight at a later time.

"At the appropriate time, perhaps [I will], but while we have ongoing investigations that's not what I was there to talk to the president about," Chaffetz said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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The Department of Defense is working to rent space in Trump Tower in order to provide security to President Donald Trump and his family while they are in the building, CNN reported Tuesday evening.

"In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements in order to acquire a limited amount of leased space in Trump Tower," a spokesman for the Defense Department, Lt. Col. JB Brindle, said in a statement to CNN. "The space is necessary for the personnel and equipment who will support the POTUS at his residence in the building."

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In an incident that exposed the Senate's divide over race, Senate Republicans on Tuesday night voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as she spoke out against attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and noted his record on civil rights.

The rebuke of Warren sparked outcry from Democrats, who charged that McConnell was selectively enforcing the rule to protect Sessions and that silencing Warren was demeaning.

Warren was reading aloud a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., about Sessions. She wrote the letter in 1986 when he was being considered for a federal judgeship. King accused Sessions of promoting racist policies, and witnesses at his hearing accused him of making racist remarks, leading the Senate to deny him confirmation at the time.

In the letter, King wrote that Sessions "has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge." Warren read that line on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Warren's speech, citing an obscure rule barring senators from "directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator," per NBC News.

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After meeting Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he had "serious concerns" about President Donald Trump's pick and that he refused to answer some questions.

"I thought there was a deliberate strategy to duck the hard questions," Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would limit who could sponsor an immigrant to receive a green card, Politico reported Tuesday morning.

Currently, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members to obtain green cards, but this bill would only allow someone's spouse or child who is an unmarried minor to sponsor them for a green card, according to Politico. The bill would also allow for children to bring over elderly parents, per Politico.

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder, on Monday admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant, a revelation that has potential to sink his nomination.

"My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork,” Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, said in a statement obtained by the Huffington Post.

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