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

The incoming elected Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Ira Hansen (R) said on Sunday that he would resign from his leadership position following a controversy surrounding columns he wrote about race, gender and other topics.

"For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee," Hansen said in a statement obtained by Nevada reporter Jon Ralston. "The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record."

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President Obama expressed his condolences to the family of Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C., who passed away Sunday.

The president said he was sad to hear that Barry had died and honored the former mayor for his commitment to civil rights and the poor.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace pointed out to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that if the GOP blocks all of President Obama's nominees, Eric Holder will remain Attorney General.

Cruz has been calling for Senate Republicans to not confirm Obama's nominations, unless they are for important national security positions, over his executive action delaying deportations for undocumented immigrants.

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President Obama said that Americans are ready for a fresh presidential candidate in 2016 and indicated that he will give the Democratic nominee some space on the campaign trail.

"I think the American people, you know, they're gonna want-- you know, that new car smell," Obama said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that aired on Sunday. "They wanna drive somethin' off the lot that-- that doesn't have as-- as much mileage as me."

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