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

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday refused to answer a question about reports that Donald Trump has a history of mistreating women.

"I'm not going to get into the day-to-day, up and down of this campaign," Paul said at a Hill press conference when asked if he was concerned about Trump's reported behavior around women.

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Donald Trump on Monday told the Washington Post that he would reverse the Obama administration's new guidelines for schools on how to accommodate transgender students, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee also expressed willingness to protect transgender individuals.

"It is a very, very small portion of the population, but as I said, you have to protect everybody, including small portions of the population," Trump told the Post.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who dropped out of the presidential race the day following the Indiana primary, on Monday said he was disappointed about the way Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus reacted to Donald Trump's win in the state.

"The interesting part about that is when Indiana happened, and you had the chairman of the Republican party endorse Trump, which I thought was completely inappropriate..." Kasich told CNN's Anderson Cooper when asked whether he had second thoughts about dropping out of the race.

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In a Monday night Twitter rant, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tore into a Washington Post story about what the former presidential candidate will do next.

The Florida senator chastised the paper for using unnamed sources to report that Rubio has not yet decided what to do when his Senate term is up. Rubio said that sources who claim they are "close to" him often don't know much about him or his plans.

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When the Obama administration sent a letter to public schools offering guidance on how best to accommodate the needs of transgender students, conservatives lost it.

Republican hand-wringing over access to public facilities for transgender students has been percolating for a while — there are currently nine "bathroom bills" introduced in state legislatures. But the new guidance last week from the federal government prompted a whole new level of conservative freakout over transgender access to public restrooms.

Instead of lashing out at the Charlotte City Council or a superintendent in Texas for allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, conservatives can now blame Obama for destroying the Constitution with a liberal plan to make schools and bathrooms less safe.

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Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign on Monday hit the senator's primary opponent, Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), over her willingness to discuss chemtrail conspiracy theories at a public hearing.

McCain's campaign put out a web ad labeling Ward "Chemtrail Kelli" and hitting her for spending "your tax dollars to entertain 'chemtrail' conspiracy theories." The ad's narrator tells viewers that Ward has "bad judgment" and is "dangerous for Arizona."

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday said that he intends to support but not endorse Donald Trump as the nominee, pulling back from a previous comment that he would endorse Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

"Let me tell you precisely what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee. That’s what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee," Johnson said on Big AM 1380's "The Mike Daly Show" when asked if he was concerned about backing Trump

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Former model and girlfriend of Donald Trump, Rowanne Brewer Lane, who was quoted over the weekend in the New York Times about her experience with the real estate mogul, on Monday morning said that the New York Times twisted her words.

The Times included a story from Lane about the first time she met Trump, when he offered her a swim suit to change into at a party he was hosting at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Sunday said he has not decided whether he will vote for Donald Trump, who he said is "certainly not conservative."

"The problem with Donald Trump is his position changes sometimes in the same speech," Huelskamp said on "Fox News Sunday."

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