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. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joked during the Saturday Democratic presidential debate that he is not as much of a socialist as former President Dwight Eisenhower while discussing his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

CBS moderator John Dickerson noted that Sanders has said that he would raise the marginal rate on top earners above 50 percent and asked the presidential candidate how high he would raise it.

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When asked during the Democratic presidential debate whether she believes that the U.S. is at war with "radical Islam," Hillary Clinton emphasized that America is not fighting all Muslims, citing former president George W. Bush.

"I don't think we're at war with Islam. I don't think we're at war with all Muslims. I think we're at war with jihadists," Clinton said.

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At the beginning of the broadcast of the CBS News Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, the candidates paused for a moment of silence to mourn the victims in the Friday terrorist attacks in France.

CBS shifted the focus of the debate following the attacks to allow the candidates more time to address national security and foreign policy.

An aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got into a heated argument with CBS representatives on a Saturday morning conference call after the network decided to alter the focus of the debate in light of the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris, according to reports from Yahoo News and CNN.

Sanders strategist Mark Longabaugh began arguing with officials from CBS when they began to discuss a new focus on national security and foreign policy, an aide with a rival Democratic campaign told Yahoo News.

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Dr. Ben Carson defended his recent claims that the Chinese are involved in Syria during an interview with Yahoo News published on Friday. He said that the Chinese government sells weapons and other supplies in Syria.

"They supply a lot of military equipment and they supply radar equipment and sophisticated monitoring systems. And I don’t think, quite frankly, that you can just send that stuff there and not have a support system for it," he told Yahoo News' Katie Couric when she asked about the claim he made during the last Republican presidential debate.

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A Utah judge who ruled on Tuesday that a 9-month-old foster child be removed from the home of a married same-sex couple and instead be placed with heterosexual parents, reversed his ruling on Friday after pressure from state officials, according to Ben Winslow, a reporter for Salt Lake City television station Fox 13.

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A married same-sex couple in Utah asked a judge Thursday to reverse his order removing a 9-month-old foster child from their home after he concluded that children are better off with heterosexual parents, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Citing unspecified research on children of gay couples, District Court Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen ruled Tuesday that the child must be removed from the foster home of Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland. The judge ordered the child to be sent "to a more traditional home," the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) told CNN.

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Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, on Friday morning said that Dr. Ben Carson has made a serious effort to wrap his head around foreign policy issues since the retired neurosurgeon didn't have an "understanding" of the issues in the past.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-host Mika Brzezinski mentioned Carson's recent claim that the Chinese are in Syria and asked Hayden, "Are you concerned that there is a frontrunner whose foreign policy sensibilities seem to lack, to say the least?"

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Donald Trump targeted Dr. Ben Carson and the retired neurosurgeon's descriptions of his violent youth in a lengthy, rambling rant at a rally in Iowa on Thursday night.

Trump mocked Carson's claim that when he tried to stab a relative, the knife hit the person's belt buckle and broke.

"Give me a break. Give me a break. Give me a break," Trump said on Thursday after recounting Carson's story.

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