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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

After the Trump administration ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base on Thursday night, many members of Congress approved of the move. But President Donald Trump faced some criticism for launching the strikes, and some members warned the President to seek authorization from Congress before escalating action in Syria further.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the strikes "appropriate and just." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also said the action was "proportional" but told the administration that if Trump intends to "escalate" military action in Syria, he must obtain authorization from Congress.

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After the United States launched missile strikes on a Syrian air base on Thursday night, President Donald Trump said that the retaliation to a chemical weapons attack was in the security interest of the United States.

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council," Trump said Thursday night from his Florida resort Mar-A-Lago.

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With just under two weeks to go until a special election to fill the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Republicans have been trying to slime the race's leading Democratic candidate by seizing on work he did with Al Jazeera to link him to terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.

In recent days, the race has seen an ad from a super PAC affiliated with House Republican leadership and a mailer from one of the Republican candidates in the race attack Jon Ossoff for working with the Qatar-based network on investigative films.

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The chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), said on Thursday morning that if offers from the White House for changes to the bill to repeal Obamacare come through, most of the Freedom Caucus will support the legislation.

At an event hosted by Politico, Meadows said that the Freedom Caucus has been in discussions with the White House about potential changes to the American Health Care Act. And if Republicans include most of the changes discussed in the bill, the "majority of Freedom Caucus would be favorably inclined to vote for that," Meadows said.

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During an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, President Donald Trump made an unbelievable claim that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told him that he would be one of the greatest presidents in history.

However, Cummings quickly threw cold water on Trump's version of the story, explaining that he told Trump he would be a great President if he stopped using divisive rhetoric.

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Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, considered leaving the White House due to disagreements with Jared Kushner, Politico reported late Wednesday citing a senior administration official and other "sources close to the President."

Rebekah Mercer, a top Republican donor and Trump supporter, convinced Bannon to remain at the White House, according to Politico. Bannon had "complained that Kushner and his allies are trying to undermine his populist approach," per Politico.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) expressed optimism about Wednesday's shake-up at the National Security Council and said he thought it's "possible" Steve Bannon's removal was connected to NSC staffers' role in selectively supplying intelligence reports to House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA).

"I’m hoping that the shake-up we're seeing, with McMaster taking more control of the National Security Council, will result in a more coherent policy before we have too many more crises at our doorstep," the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on MSNBC while discussing the Trump administration's recent statements on Syria.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump told him he was doing "a good job" with the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

The congressman told Yahoo News' Katie Couric that after he arrived Friday at the White House to look at intelligence reports previously viewed only by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Trump asked to meet with him and he agreed.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday evening said that he had asked the Senate Intelligence Committee to look into reports that Susan Rice asked for the names of Trump associates to be unmasked in intelligence reports.

"I have asked the Intelligence Committee, Sen. Burr, Sen. Warner, to conduct a bipartisan investigation of this whole episode," McConnell told Fox News when asked about Rice. "They will conduct it. Hopefully at the end we will find out what happened and they will issue a report, I hope, on a bipartisan basis."

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