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

Donald Trump has tapped lawyer John Gore, who defended the University of North Carolina system in a legal challenge over the state's anti-LGBT law, to be the deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Gore is a partner at Jones Day, the Trump campaign's law firm. Jones Day announced that Gore and several other lawyers with the firm will be joining the Trump administration.

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Donald Trump's transition team has been discussing plans to make dramatic budget cuts to government entities conservatives have long tried to hamstring, according to The Hill.

The Hill reports that the proposed budget would completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and would privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The Trump team is also looking to make major budget cuts at the Transportation, Justice, and State departments, The Hill reported. The plan in the works would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, according to The Hill.

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Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday morning accused Democrats of not working with Republicans to quickly confirm the President-elect's cabinet nominees.

"It really speaks volumes that the Democratic leadership is not working with us to ensure a continuity of government," Spicer said.

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Sean Spicer, Donald Trump's incoming White House press secretary, on Thursday morning offered a glimpse of Trump's inaugural address, describing it as "less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document."

"It’s going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country," Spicer said at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has lowered his expectations for confirmation votes in the Senate on Inauguration Day, blaming Democrats for slowing down the process.

McConnell had initially set the goal of confirming six or seven nominees on the same day as Donald Trump's swearing in, but he told USA Today on Wednesday that the Senate will likely vote on just three nominees on Inauguration Day. The Senate confirmed seven nominees on the day of President Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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