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

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a web ad on Tuesday morning highlighting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's previous praise for the senator following a Monday night report that Right to Rise, the Super PAC backing Bush, was planning a major ad blitz attacking Rubio.

The video from Rubio's campaign titled "Before The Phony Attacks" shows Bush describing Rubio as "probably the most articulate conservative on the scene today" with "the fortitude to be a good president." In the old clip featured in the video, Bush says he's "a huge Marco fan."

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday defended Dr. Ben Carson from the media's scrutiny, as the retired neurosurgeon faces questions about numerous stories he has told about his past.

Murdoch, the co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said that members of the media have simply targeted Carson due to his faith.

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chair of the House Science Committee and noted climate change denier, has embarked on a mission to show that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) altered data for a study concluding that there has not been a recent pause in global warming.

The NOAA has refused to completely fulfill Smith's document request due to concerns over the confidentiality of communications between scientists, prompting numerous statements from Smith blasting the agency.

He sent a letter to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan on Wednesday demanding that the agency turn over the documents requested in a House subpoena by Friday.

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Donald Trump enjoyed learning about Dr. Ben Carson's theory that the Egyptian pyramids were built to serve as grain silos on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday morning, noting that he will likely start mentioning Carson's beliefs on the campaign trail.

"You informed me very interestingly about the pyramids. I think I’ll have to put that into my repertoire when I talk about Ben," Trump told the "Morning Joe" hosts. "That was a strange deal."

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In a biography of the 41st president set to hit bookstores next week, George H.W. Bush heavily criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as well as his son, George W. Bush, for giving them too much power.

Bush Sr. told his biographer, Jon Meacham, that Cheney had too much "hard-line" influence on George W. Bush, according to a copy reviewed by the New York Times.

"He had his own empire there and marched to his own drummer," Bush Sr. said of Cheney. “It just showed me that you cannot do it that way. The president should not have that worry.”

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Dr. Ben Carson on Wednesday night confirmed his belief that the pyramids in Egypt were built for grain storage by Joseph, the Biblical figure who helped the Egyptians survive famine, even though archaeologists have concluded that the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs.

"My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said in a 1998 speech surfaced by Buzzfeed News on Wednesday. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain."

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Before officials on Wednesday said that Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz died of suicide, the Illinois police officer's death spurred commentators and Illinois residents to rally against Black Lives Matter, placing blame on the group's rhetoric for the deaths of police officers.

Police groups quickly compared Gliniewicz's death to the shooting death of Texas sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth and charged that police officers were under attack.

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Now that House Republicans have elected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as speaker, members of the House Freedom Caucus are preparing to push changes to the Republican steering committee.

Members of the conservative caucus that pushed to oust Boehner have started circulating a plan to reduce the power of the GOP leadership team on the panel that decides committee assignments, The Hill reported on Wednesday.

Currently, the speaker has five votes on the Steering Committee and the majority leader has two. The Freedom Caucus would keep the representatives in six top leadership spots on the committee, but give those individuals the same voting power as the rest of the Steering Committee's members.

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