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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.

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In an incident that exposed the Senate's divide over race, Senate Republicans on Tuesday night voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as she spoke out against attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and noted his record on civil rights.

The rebuke of Warren sparked outcry from Democrats, who charged that McConnell was selectively enforcing the rule to protect Sessions and that silencing Warren was demeaning.

Warren was reading aloud a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., about Sessions. She wrote the letter in 1986 when he was being considered for a federal judgeship. King accused Sessions of promoting racist policies, and witnesses at his hearing accused him of making racist remarks, leading the Senate to deny him confirmation at the time.

In the letter, King wrote that Sessions "has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge." Warren read that line on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Warren's speech, citing an obscure rule barring senators from "directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator," per NBC News.

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After meeting Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he had "serious concerns" about President Donald Trump's pick and that he refused to answer some questions.

"I thought there was a deliberate strategy to duck the hard questions," Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would limit who could sponsor an immigrant to receive a green card, Politico reported Tuesday morning.

Currently, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members to obtain green cards, but this bill would only allow someone's spouse or child who is an unmarried minor to sponsor them for a green card, according to Politico. The bill would also allow for children to bring over elderly parents, per Politico.

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder, on Monday admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant, a revelation that has potential to sink his nomination.

"My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork,” Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, said in a statement obtained by the Huffington Post.

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A group of former top State Department and national security officials submitted a filing Monday warning that President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries could threaten the United States' national security.

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Major companies have rushed to back a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the refugee program and barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries after a federal court temporarily blocked the White House order.

In a brief filed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, nearly 100 companies —including Facebook, Apple and Microsoft — from the technology sector and other industries supported the lawsuit filed by Washington state and Minnesota.

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President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where Trump expressed "strong support" for the alliance, according to the White House.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the United States' strong support for NATO," the White House said in a readout of the phone call.

The leaders also discussed the conflict in Ukraine. The White House said that they talked about "the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border." The readout from NATO confirmed that Trump and Stoltenberg "discussed the uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, and prospects for a peaceful settlement."

Both the Trump administration and NATO said in statements that the two parties talked about NATO members' commitment to defense spending, a pet issue of Trump's. The President has previously said that member countries do not pay their fair share and threatened to withhold American support unless other members fulfilled their funding obligations.

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