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

During a Sunday debate on same-sex marriage on CBS' "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer introduced Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, as the leader of an "anti-gay hate group."

"You and your group have been so strong in coming out against this, and against gay marriage, that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group," Schieffer told Perkins. "We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view, quote, 'You don't speak for Christians.' Do you think you have taken this too far?"

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In an ongoing feud over a trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific nations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized President Obama's recent statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Friday, Obama criticized Democrats for spreading "misinformation" about the TPP, alluding to Warren, who sent an email to supporters on Wednesday suggesting that the White House does not want the public to see the trade agreement. Obama said that criticizing the deal as "secret" was "dishonest."

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The NBC team investigating instances in which NBC anchor Brian Williams may have lied about his reporting have reportedly uncovered a new case in which Williams may have embellished tales about his experiences, according to the New York Times.

Unnamed sources told the Times that NBC has investigated a few times when Williams may have fabricated the facts about his reporting, including a previously unreported embellishment about events in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, on Friday introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage.

King on Wednesday introduced the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015," a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.

And so Polis wrote up the "Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act," which would block King from introducing legislation related to judicial authority, the Huffington Post reported.

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President Obama and Bill Nye criticized members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed to climate change during a Friday interview in the Florida Everglades about the environment and science education.

Obama lamented "members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday addressed a comment he made at a Wednesday event that he would not have a problem if one of his daughters were gay and clarified that he still opposes same-sex marriage.

According to the New York Times, Cruz attended a Wednesday event hosted by prominent gay hoteliers and said, "If one of my daughters was gay, I would love them just as much." Following reports on the comment, media outlets speculated that the statement signaled a change in tone for Cruz.

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After President Obama singled out MSNBC for opposing the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific countries, one of the network's hosts, Ed Schultz, challenged Obama to a debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

During a speech at the Organizing for Action Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Obama mentioned opposition to the TPP and defended his support for the deal.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for the accidental killing of two hostages by a drone strike targeting al Qaeda operatives, claiming that the U.S. government could have prevented the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein.

Hunter alleged in a statement that the Pentagon had tried to secure Weinstein's release while negotiating to free Bowe Bergdahl. Hunter claimed that the State Department went ahead with the prisoner swap that led to Bergdahl's release without including Weinstein "due to infighting and disagreements among lead organizations."

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