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. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday bashed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has refused to condemn Donald Trump's Saturday remarks suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is only a "war hero" because he was captured.

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After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) wife, Tonette Walker, described earlier in July how some members of her family disagreed with the governor's opposition to same-sex marriage, Walker made it clear over the weekend that his wife supports his stance against gay marriage.

"Some in the media, not you, but others have, I think misstated my wife’s position. There are some family members who have extended family who have different views on this, but my wife actually supports my position so that’s something," Walker said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The Brody File" published on Sunday.

"She pointed out she was torn by the fact that she’s got me with a position and she’s got others family members in different positions, but being emotionally torn doesn’t mean that she’s got a difference of opinion," he continued.

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Following Donald Trump's inflammatory remarks on Saturday suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was only a "war hero" because he was a prisoner of war, McCain on Monday said that Trump does not owe him an apology, but should address other veterans and their families.

"He may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country," McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Donald Trump won't apologize for comments he made on Saturday suggesting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was only considered a "war hero" because he was captured.

Trump, who also said on Saturday that he likes "people who weren't captured," prompted a quick condemnation from his fellow Republican presidential candidates.

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One county clerk in Kentucky is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite Gov. Steve Beshear's (D) order that clerks must issue the licenses or be fired.

Beshear on Thursday met with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who says he objects to gay marriage for religious reasons, prompting him not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Following their hour-long meeting, the governor issued a statement saying that Davis must issue licenses to gay couples.

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The New York Times decided this week not to place Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) book on its bestseller list, leaving some conservatives convinced that the paper unfairly targeted the presidential candidate.

The Times told HarperCollins that Cruz's book would not make the list, despite the fact that "A Time For Truth" sold more copies than 18 of the 20 books that appeared on the bestseller list this week, Politico reported. According to Nielsen Bookscan, Cruz sold 11,854 copies of his book in its first week.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Thursday called on the local Republican party in Maricopa County, Ariz., to pull its sponsorship of a campaign event for Donald Trump due to his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

"As an elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say the least," Flake told the Washington Post. "I don’t think that [Trump's] views are reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state."

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Updated at 5:35 p.m. on Jul 9th

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday lambasted House Republicans for pushing for an amendment that would allow Confederate flags to be displayed in federal cemeteries and sold in stores located in national parks.

"A sizable number of House Republicans are eager to protect the states of the Confederate flag on National Park Service grounds. These are the same house Republicans who voted for a party leader who once described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage,'" Earnest said at Thursday's press briefing, according to the Huffington Post.

Earnest was referring to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who has been linked to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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Updated at 11:54 a.m. on Jul 9th

House Republicans have cancelled the Thursday vote on the Interior spending bill to avoid debating a hastily-called amendment to the bill that would have allowed the display of Confederate flags on federal lands.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed on Thursday that the House would suspend debate on the Interior spending bill until members sort out the amendments related to the Confederate flag.

"That bill is gonna sit in abeyance until we come to some resolution on this," Boehner said of the Confederate flag amendments.

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