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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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday brushed off concerns from the Office of Government Ethics that Republicans were holding confirmation hearings for some of Donald Trump's nominees before their ethics reviews have been completed.

"Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election. I was in Sen. Schumer’s situation eight years ago. I know how it feels when you’re coming into a new situation, that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them either, but he won the election," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked about concerns over the confirmation schedule. "So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that. But we need to, sort of, grow up here and get past that.”

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As Donald Trump won the White House in November, Republicans also gained power in state legislatures and won governorships, giving GOP state lawmakers the power and momentum to start the year by introducing a slew of conservative legislation.

In 25 states, Republicans control both the legislature and the governorship, allowing GOP lawmakers to easily push through their agendas.

In particular, four states swung to complete Republican control in the November election, with the GOP winning the Kentucky and Iowa legislatures and the governorships in Missouri and New Hampshire. With their newfound control of state government and the momentum of Trump's election to the White House, Republican lawmakers in those states have already gotten started on legislation pushing pet conservative issues.

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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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