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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, on Tuesday night said that Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) statement responding to reports of violence at the Nevada Democratic Convention was insufficient.

"Unfortunately, the senator’s response was anything but acceptable. It certainly did not condemn his supporters for acting violently or engaging in intimidation tactics and instead added more fuel to the fire," Wasserman Schultz said on CNN.

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It's not even summer yet, and this election year is jumping the shark.

Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) re-election campaign on Monday mocked his primary opponent for entertaining constituents' chemtrail conspiracy theories. But it turns out McCain last year forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency a letter from a constituent concerned about chemtrails, and asked the EPA to respond.

In the April 2015 cover letter, McCain notified the EPA that a constituent had "encountered a problem."

"Because the situation is under your jurisdiction, I am respectfully referring this matter to you for consideration," the letter reads.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday refused to answer a question about reports that Donald Trump has a history of mistreating women.

"I'm not going to get into the day-to-day, up and down of this campaign," Paul said at a Hill press conference when asked if he was concerned about Trump's reported behavior around women.

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Donald Trump on Monday told the Washington Post that he would reverse the Obama administration's new guidelines for schools on how to accommodate transgender students, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee also expressed willingness to protect transgender individuals.

"It is a very, very small portion of the population, but as I said, you have to protect everybody, including small portions of the population," Trump told the Post.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who dropped out of the presidential race the day following the Indiana primary, on Monday said he was disappointed about the way Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus reacted to Donald Trump's win in the state.

"The interesting part about that is when Indiana happened, and you had the chairman of the Republican party endorse Trump, which I thought was completely inappropriate..." Kasich told CNN's Anderson Cooper when asked whether he had second thoughts about dropping out of the race.

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In a Monday night Twitter rant, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tore into a Washington Post story about what the former presidential candidate will do next.

The Florida senator chastised the paper for using unnamed sources to report that Rubio has not yet decided what to do when his Senate term is up. Rubio said that sources who claim they are "close to" him often don't know much about him or his plans.

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When the Obama administration sent a letter to public schools offering guidance on how best to accommodate the needs of transgender students, conservatives lost it.

Republican hand-wringing over access to public facilities for transgender students has been percolating for a while — there are currently nine "bathroom bills" introduced in state legislatures. But the new guidance last week from the federal government prompted a whole new level of conservative freakout over transgender access to public restrooms.

Instead of lashing out at the Charlotte City Council or a superintendent in Texas for allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, conservatives can now blame Obama for destroying the Constitution with a liberal plan to make schools and bathrooms less safe.

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Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign on Monday hit the senator's primary opponent, Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), over her willingness to discuss chemtrail conspiracy theories at a public hearing.

McCain's campaign put out a web ad labeling Ward "Chemtrail Kelli" and hitting her for spending "your tax dollars to entertain 'chemtrail' conspiracy theories." The ad's narrator tells viewers that Ward has "bad judgment" and is "dangerous for Arizona."

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday said that he intends to support but not endorse Donald Trump as the nominee, pulling back from a previous comment that he would endorse Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

"Let me tell you precisely what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee. That’s what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee," Johnson said on Big AM 1380's "The Mike Daly Show" when asked if he was concerned about backing Trump

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