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. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday praised the federal appeals court decision that bans the federal government from providing subsidies to the 36 states that use the federal health care exchange.

"The D.C. Circuit's decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," Cruz said in a statement.

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Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham on Monday lamented that the media has not been focused enough on her pet issue, the crisis at the southern border.

“So there’s an attempt to switch the narrative. The NBC (sic) didn’t do one story on the border crisis in the first hour of the ‘Today Is Trending’ show — that’s what I’m going to call it,” she said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday officially announced that he will deploy about 1,000 members of the National Guard to the border, and said that he expects the federal government to reimburse the state.

The governor said during a press conference that Texas will pay for the National Guard to be at the border for now.

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The Drudge Report on Monday played up a new poll on conspiracy theories by gleefully writing that many Americans are skeptical that Obama was born in the U.S.

Drudge headlined a Rasmussen poll on how many people believe the Obama birthplace conspiracy theory with, "Shock Poll: 40% Still Not Sure Obama Is American Citizen..."

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President Obama on Monday called on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to urge the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine to cooperate with the international investigation into the Malaysian plane that was shot down last week.

"Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that," Obama said during a statement at the White House. "Russia and President Putin has direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday insisted that his bill to cut off funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows some young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., is the most humane and effective way to address the border crisis.

Cruz said on "Fox News Sunday" that the "promise of amnesty" caused the influx of undocumented minors coming to the U.S. from Central America.

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