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.

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During a meeting with conservatives on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump said that if the House healthcare bill fails, Republicans can wait another two years for a repeal and blame Democrats for Obamacare's failure in the meantime, according to reports by CNN and Politico.

CNN reported that Trump told conservative groups about his backup plan to blame Democrats in an Oval Office meeting, citing unnamed "sources at the gathering." Politico reported that Trump's alternative plan involved waiting another two years for a repeal and blaming Democrats for the law's failure.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Thursday morning warned that the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act unveiled by House Republican leadership this week will not pass in the Senate in its current form.

In a series of tweets, the conservative senator called on House Republicans to slow down the process for passing an Obamacare repeal and said he wanted the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the bill before voting on it.

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are making it clear not only that they're unhappy with the bill Republican leaders unveiled this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but that it doesn't have enough support to pass the House in its current iteration.

"Right now the Speaker of the House does not have the votes to pass this bill unless he's got substantial Democratic support," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told reporters after the caucus' Tuesday night meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, according to The Hill.

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In a letter to Republican House leaders on Tuesday, the AARP voiced staunch opposition to House Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, warning that the bill could dramatically increase costs for seniors and harm other vulnerable Americans.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Wednesday morning that in a meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), the President told the senators to work on a bill to make the legal immigration system "merit-based."

Cotton told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the senators discussed their bill introduced last month to curb legal immigration and that Trump asked them to work on broader legislation.

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Tuesday afternoon said that he has not seen any evidence to support President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim over the weekend that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

"I have not seen that evidence," Nunes told reporters, according to Reuters. "I think the bigger question that needs to be answered is whether or not Mr. Trump or any of his associates were in fact targeted by any of the intelligence agencies or law enforcement authorities."

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Hawaii will file a legal challenge to President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily barring travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to a filing submitted Tuesday.

The state will ask a federal judge for a temporary restraining order against the new order on Wednesday, per the filing.

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