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

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would result in 32 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The CBO projected that the 2015 bill passed by Congress to repeal Obamacare, which would have immediately eliminated the individual mandate penalizing those who do not purchase insurance plans, would have resulted in 18 million people losing their health insurance in the first new health plan year.

The 2015 bill, which was vetoed by President Obama, dictated that two years after enactment, Medicaid expansion and subsidies for plans purchased through the marketplace would be eliminated, which would bring the uninsured level to 27 million. People would continue to lose health insurance, reducing those covered to 32 million by 2026, according to the CBO's analysis.

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Following a Washington Post report on Friday revealing that the leader of the Washington, D.C. National Guard would be forced to step down in the middle of the Inauguration ceremony, Donald Trump's transition team now says that they asked the commander to stay on a few days past the swearing in.

However, it's unclear whether the Trump team asked Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz to stay on past Inauguration before or after initial reports that Schwartz was ordered to step down immediately.

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After several polls showed Donald Trump receiving historically low approval ratings, the President-elect bashed the polls on Twitter, declaring them "rigged."

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday evening criticized Donald Trump for bashing the NATO alliance and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a President-elect of the United States be stepping in to the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN. "He’ll have to speak to that. As of Friday, he’s responsible for that relationship."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of a few Republican senators who seemed hesitant to back Donald Trump's choice to lead the State Department, Rex Tillerson, said on Monday evening that he may vote for the nominee.

"Some of my concerns have been satisfied," McCain said on Fox News after explaining that he spoke with Tillerson on Monday. "I haven't made up my mind completely."

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Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) this week tried to downplay alleged attempts by Russian actors to influence the 2016 presidential election by comparing the cyber attacks to a performance by a Mexican entertainer at a Hillary Clinton campaign event.

"Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth,” he told The Dallas Morning News in an interview published Thursday. “Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.”

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In a bizarre move, Donald Trump has demanded that the commanding officer of the Washington, D.C. National Guard resign from his post in the middle of the Inauguration ceremony, even though the general will be in the middle of helping oversee the event's security, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz will be removed from his post at 12:01 p.m. on Inauguration Day, just after Trump is sworn in but before the Inaugural parade begins, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday morning slammed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, over his letter demanding that the director of the Office of Government Ethics sit for an interview with the committee.

"The Republicans are at it again, filling the swamp instead of draining it. First, House Republicans tried to gut the Office of Congressional ethics. Now they're trying to handcuff the Office of Government ethics. Mr. Chaffetz's attempt to bully Mr. Shaub out of doing his job are absolutely despicable," Schumer said in a statement.

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During an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," President Obama lamented that he sometimes failed to mobilize public opinion to back him in battles with Congressional Republicans.

"Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion. And we were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns," Obama said in a preview clip published online on Thursday.

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