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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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday went to bat for President Donald Trump, defending the administration's proposed cuts to the State Department's budget.

"Clearly the level of spending that the State Department has been undertaking, particularly in this past year, is simply not sustainable," Tillerson said in Tokyo, according to Reuters. "As time goes by, there will be fewer military conflicts that the U.S. will be directly engaged in."

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During an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, President Donald Trump signaled that the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is not in its final form, admitting that the current legislation does not favor the voters who elected Trump.

Carlson told Trump that one analysis by Bloomberg News showed that tax cuts in the House bill unveiled last week would benefit people in counties that voted for Hillary Clinton, not those in counties that voted for Trump.

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After a federal judge in Hawaii put on hold President Donald Trump's revised executive order barring travel from a list of predominantly Muslim countries, Trump complained at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, that he did not want the "watered-down" version of the order.

"Remember this, I wasn’t thrilled that the lawyers all said, ‘Oh, let’s tailor it.’ This is a watered-down version of the first one," he told the crowd. "This is a watered down version, and let me tell you something. I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday evening brushed off a tape leaked by Breitbart News revealing him discussing in October how he would not defend President Donald Trump.

“This is ancient history," Ryan told Fox News' Martha MacCallum on Tuesday. “It’s no secret Donald and I had our ups and downs— the President and I had our ups and downs during the campaign. But we merged forces at the end of the campaign.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday evening insisted that the GOP's three part plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is viable despite doubts from some Republican senators.

During an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, Ryan noted that Republicans cannot include every provision they want in this initial bill to repeal and replace Obamacare because they must use the reconciliation process. That process only requires 51 votes in the Senate, so it could pass with only Republican support. Ryan said that Republicans have a "three part process" because of that restriction. The second phase would be regulations from the executive branch, and the third phase is additional legislation that would need Democratic votes in the Senate to pass.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday offered a reality check to top Republicans who have been touting a three-part plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, arguing that the third phase will never come to fruition.

"Anything placed in so-called bucket three will never pass," he told reporters, according to The Hill. "If we want to pass real reforms we have to do it now on budget reconciliation."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday confirmed that the White House is helping draft an amendment to legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leadership last week.

Politico reported Monday night that President Donald Trump was considering backing a "manager's amendment," typically a large package of amendments agreed upon in advance, that would appease conservative opponents of the legislation.

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