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

President Donald Trump has put in place political advisers at several federal agencies to keep an eye on the agency chiefs and make sure that they are staying in line with the President's agenda, the Washington Post reported Sunday evening.

The aides hold the title "senior White House adviser" and report to Rick Dearborn, former chief of staff to Jeff Sessions who now leads the Office of Cabinet affairs in his capacity as White House deputy chief of staff, according to the Washington Post.

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Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday night said that he has concerns about the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and warned that if Republicans rush a bill through Congress without input from Democrats, the legislation will be doomed.

"So, what I’m fearful of, if Republicans jam this through without working with Democrats and reaching some sort of real good compromise, we will be right back where we were in five or six years before we started with Obamacare," Kasich told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "That’s not acceptable."

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Under scrutiny for declining to bring the diplomatic press corps on his trip to Asia this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his decision in an interview published Saturday, saying that he simply doesn't make press access a priority.

"I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it. I understand it’s important to get the message of what we’re doing out, but I also think there’s only a purpose in getting the message out when there’s something to be done," Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review.

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The American Hospital Association, which has been vocal about its opposition to Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, launched a television ad on Friday urging Congress to save health insurance coverage for Americans.

The 30-second spot includes clips of President Donald Trump assuring that Americans would get better coverage under the Republican plan, while the narrator notes that "some plans" for repeal in Congress actually would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

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