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

The Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next Air Force One, the aircraft used by the president, the US Air Force announced on Wednesday.

"The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. "The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States (that), when fully missionized, meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest."

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) last week joked to radio host Dale Jackson that he should have arrested Ana Zamora, the young undocumented immigrant that Michelle Obama invited to the State of the Union as her guest.

Zamora is a beneficiary of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which many conservatives vehemently oppose.

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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who has long stated that he is pro-life, wrote in a Tuesday op-ed that he has changed his mind on abortion.

Ryan said he has talked to women throughout Ohio about their experiences with pregnancy and motherhood, leading him to support pro-choice policies.

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After Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced on Tuesday that there were not enough votes in the state senate to pass a bill allowing residents to open carry handguns, a state gun group responded with threats.

Tarrant County Open Carry said it will not accept the lawmakers' decision to drop the bill for now and plans to identify Republican lawmakers who do not support the legislation.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday lamented that female members of the House Republican caucus "sent the entirely wrong message" by rebelling against language about rape in the GOP abortion bill.

The House last week dropped a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks after numerous Republican women and swing-district congressmen objected to the exception for rape, which required women to report the assault.

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Openly gay Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) this weekend warned her fellow lawmakers that she would expose their marital infidelities if they continued to oppose same sex marriage by emphasizing "family values."

"I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have,” she wrote on Facebook, according to the TimesDaily. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is "alert and resting comfortably" at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center after he collapsed at the opening of a DuPont Pioneer facility in Johnson on Monday.

Bransstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor will remain in the hospital overnight "out of an abundance of caution."

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