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) continues to be concerned about Donald Trump's chances in November, given the GOP nominee's inability to stick to a script and his meager fundraising haul in May.

"It’s no secret that he’s struggling. As you and I are talking today, we just saw his latest financial report and there’s not much money in there. He’s earned the nomination, but in order to be elected president, he needs to pivot and start acting like — presidential," McConnell said in a Friday episode of GOP consultant Ben Mathis' podcast, KickAss Politics, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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Hillary Clinton said Friday that she respects Britain's decision to leave the European Union, but noted the "uncertainty" caused by the move shows how important the American presidential election is.

"We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America's steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe," she said in a statement.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday said that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but he added that he's still not ready to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary.

"Yes, I think the issue right here is I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if he will vote for Clinton.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning praised Britain's decision to leave the European Union, drawing a parallel to the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

"The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy," he said in a statement.

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Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon applauded the Supreme Court's tied vote that effectively blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration.

"Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country," Trump said in a statement.

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House Democrats on Thursday afternoon ended their more than 24 hour sit-in on the House floor to protest Republican leadership's refusal to allow votes on gun control measures.

According to reports from Capitol Hill, Democrats plan on meeting with advocates outside of the Capitol after leaving the House floor. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) gave one final speech on the House floor before Democrats left together.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that the Supreme Court's tied vote in the case regarding President Obama's executive action on immigration showed that the court is "hobbled" without a ninth justice.

"Today’s split decision did not rule this program unconstitutional. It highlighted how a hobbled Supreme Court is unable to provide justice to the American people. It showcased the need for a fully functioning Supreme Court and for Republicans to move without delay on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland," he said in a statement.

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Hailing it as a triumph for separation of powers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that the Supreme Court's tied vote that effectively blocks President Obama's immigration executive actions shows that the President "is not permitted to write laws."

"Today, Article I of the Constitution was vindicated. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void," Ryan said in a statement. "The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws—only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers."

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Hillary Clinton expressed disappointment Thursday morning in the Supreme Court's "unacceptable" tied vote that effectively blocked President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

"Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election. As I have consistently said, I believe that President Obama acted well within his constitutional and legal authority in issuing the DAPA and DACA executive actions," Clinton said in a statement.

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The Texas attorney general on Thursday morning celebrated the Supreme Court's tied vote on President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the program.

"Today’s decision keeps in place what we have maintained from the very start: one person, even a president, cannot unilaterally change the law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. "This is a major setback to President Obama’s attempts to expand executive power, and a victory for those who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law."

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