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. Diane Black (R-TN), a candidate for governor in Tennessee, was not pleased with her fellow Tennessean Sen. Bob Corker’s comment that the White House is an “adult day care center.”

During a Tuesday morning interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Black said that Corker’s comments about the President were unhelpful and argued that the Senate is actually an adult day care center.

“I’m not sure that those kinds of things in the media really help us to get to where we need to be,” she said. “Look, if you talk about an adult day care center, I’m sorry but I think the Senate is an adult day care center. They can’t get anything done over there. we have been waiting for repeal and replace.”

Black added that such “conversations can take place behind closed doors” if they must take place.

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Still reeling from reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron,” President Donald Trump boasted on Friday that he would best Tillerson in an IQ test.

In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday morning, Trump denied that Tillerson did actually call him a “moron,” but said that if reports were true, he may have to compare IQs with his secretary of state.

“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win,” Trump told Forbes.

NBC News reported last week that Tillerson called Trump a “moron,” setting off the President. Since the report, Trump has attacked NBC News and denied the outlet’s reporting on Tillerson’s comments.

The secretary of state held a press conference just to clarify his positive feelings about Trump, but did not directly deny calling the President a moron. A spokesperson for Tillerson later denied that he made the comment.

Trump’s anger did not subside after his secretary of state groveled via press conference, however. The president has reportedly been fuming over the report and continued to attack NBC over the weekend.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated to the Washington Post on Monday that Democrats may consider withholding their votes for a spending bill in December unless they can reach an agreement with Republicans on legislation restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections.

Pelosi told the Washington Post that she intends “to use every possibility” to reach a deal protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors.

“We’re not at that place yet,” she added, per the Post. “Right now, we’re trying to get Republicans to vote on what we believe.”

The White House on Sunday announced a list of demands for any deal restoring some protections for DACA recipients that could tank a potential deal with Democrats. The Trump administration demanded that any agreement include funding for the border wall, curb legal immigration and limit the relatives that immigrants can bring to the U.S.

The list of hard-line immigration demands runs against the supposed tentative agreement that President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders. Pelosi told the Washington Post that she still believes Trump wants to protect DACA recipients, but that his staff proposed a list of demands that could threaten a DACA deal.

“I do believe the President when he says he wants to protect the dreamers. I do not think what his staff put forward is in furtherance of that. In fact, it’s endangering them,” Pelosi said.

Trump on Tuesday morning defended the hard-line immigration proposals issued by the White House, arguing that it would be challenging to work with Democrats on immigration.

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Up early Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump fired off several tweets referring to his ongoing feud with NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

Trump escalated his tiff with the football league by suggesting the government nix the NFL’s tax breaks.

The NFL gave up its tax exempt status in 2015, leaving it unclear which tax breaks Trump would be looking to eliminate. The league does see tax breaks when building stadiums, but those are granted by local governments, not the federal government.

Trump also went after Jemele Hill, the ESPN anchor recently suspended from the network for tweets about the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Monday night, Trump defended Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said recently that he would not allow any player who kneels during the national anthem to play.

Trump’s renewed interest in the NFL and players’ protests came after Vice President Mike Pence walked out on a football game over the weekend when players kneeled for the national anthem.

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After revealing that he called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday to talk about health care, President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon said that he would be willing to make a short-term deal with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act.

He told White House reporters that he is interested in a deal but that it’s “up to” Democrats, according to the White House pool report. Trump also said that Obamacare is collapsing, per the pool report, though his own administration has made several moves to undermine the law.

It’s unclear whether talks with Democrats on a short-term fix to Obamacare will go anywhere. Trump has also discussed a possible deal with Democrats to restore the protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but it does not appear that leaders have made much progress on that.

Trump revealed Saturday morning that he called Schumer on Friday to discuss potential for a “great HealthCare Bill.” Schumer said Trump called him to ask for Democrats help in repealing the law.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he has known movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for years and that he is not surprised about the sexual harassment allegations made against Weinstein this week.

“I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump told White House reporters about the allegations against Weinstein, per the White House pool report.

Trump’s comments on Weinstein came on the one-year anniversary of the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape that revealed Trump making lewd comments about grabbing women by the genitals.

Asked about the tape Saturday, Trump again dismissed it as “locker room” talk, as he did on the campaign trail last year.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon again asserted that diplomacy will not prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear power and appeared to suggest that war with the country is only solution.

Trump made the comments in a series of tweets upon returning to the White House after spending several hours at his golf course in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

This is far from the first time that Trump has dismissed diplomatic efforts — the President periodically sends tweets threatening North Korea and bashing talks carried out by his own state department.

Last weekend, Trump tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with” North Korea. The tweet came after Tillerson revealed that the state department has direct communications channels with North Korea for diplomatic talks.

In September, Trump warned North Korea that he is prepared to take military action against the country if leader Kim Jong Un continues to test missiles and progress in its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon.

The President also published a tweet in August arguing that “talking is not the answer” with North Korea, prompting Defense Secretary James Mattis to follow up and tell reporters that the U.S. is “never out of diplomatic solutions.”

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Back in February, President Donald Trump complained to newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about laws preventing U.S. companies from paying bribes to foreign officials, according to a new report in the New Yorker.

Trump complained that the laws “unfairly penalized” businesses in the U.S., according to the New Yorker.

Tillerson disagreed, however, per the New Yorker. A source with knowledge of the conversation told the New Yorker that Tillerson told the President “that America didn’t need to pay bribes—that we could bring the world up to our own standards.”

Read the New Yorker’s full story on Tillerson’s relationship with Trump here.

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As is often the case on Saturday mornings, President Donald Trump woke up frustrated and turned to Twitter to vent, directing his anger at his favorite foil: the media.

In a series of tweets, Trump targeted the Washington Post, late night hosts, and NBC News.

It appears Trump was referencing a Friday Washington Post story about the increase in small-dollar donations to the Republican party thanks to Trump’s base.

He then criticized late night hosts for favoring Democrats and suggested Republicans should have equal time on late night shows.

Trump also continued to lash out at NBC News after the outlet reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” and considered resigning.

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President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday to discuss a possible deal with Democrats on health care, but it does not appear that the two leaders came to any kind of agreement.

The call was first reported by Axios Friday night, and Trump and Schumer both confirmed the call Saturday morning. Trump said he wanted test the waters for a “great HealthCare bill.”

Schumer said that Trump asked him about another attempt to repeal Obamacare but that he told the President that Democrats would not work with him on that.

This is not the first time Trump has tried to reach a deal with Democrats. He rankled Republicans in September when he agreed with Democrats on a bill linking a three-month government funding measure, a three-month debt limit hike, and hurricane aid. He also discussed a plan to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections with Democrats, but it’s not clear that Trump and Democrats will ultimately agree on the matter.

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