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

A Republican lawmaker in Maine apologized on Monday for a Facebook post suggesting that President Obama has family ties to the Islamic State.

Earlier in March, State Sen. Michael Willette shared a post from Conservative News Daily, which included a photo of Obama and the caption, "Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at the family reunion," according to a screenshot captured by the Portland Press Herald.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealed on Sunday that he has never sent an email, but he insists his aversion to it does not make him a luddite.

"What I do, basically, is that I've got iPads, and I play around," Graham told reporters this weekend, according to Bloomberg News. "But I don't e-mail. I've tried not to have a system where I can just say the first dumb thing that comes to my mind. I've always been concerned."

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Officials in Florida have been banned from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming" in official communications, according to a report published by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting on Sunday.

Former officials and employees from the state Department of Environmental Protection told FCIR that they were warned not to used the terms in their work after Gov. Rick Scott (R) took office in 2011.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday indicated that Republicans would pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. defaults on its national debt on March 15.

"I made it very clear after the November election that we're certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if Republicans would lift the debt ceiling.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said on Sunday that Hillary Clinton must publicly address the growing controversy over the recent revelation that she used a personal email account and server while she was secretary of state.

“She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, to be the next president. And I think that she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The silence is going to hurt her."

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"Saturday Night Live" tackled the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while she was secretary of state during its cold open on Saturday night.

"Those emails are as clean as a whistle. This is not how Hillary Clinton goes down," SNL's Clinton said.

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