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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

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Last week multiple Democrats suggested that members of the Republican party were racist, and that it impacts the way the GOP policy approach.

Attorney General Eric Holder last week implied that he is treated a certain way by some Republican lawmakers because of his race. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that "race" is preventing Republicans in the House from moving on immigration reform.

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Home Depot co-founder and prominent Republican donor Ken Langone is standing by his choice for the White House in 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), despite the recent buzz surrounding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

"Jeb would be a superb president, but I think Christie would connect better — we desperately need a president to connect to the people," Langone told Buzzfeed in an interview published Friday night.

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Now that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Sunday indicated that Republicans may use the nomination hearing for her replacement, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to harp on their issues with Obamacare.

Scott said on "Fox News Sunday" that he wouldn't go as far as to vote against Burwell because he does not like the health care law, but he said that senators need to better understand Burwell's loyalties and agenda.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after five years in the role and overseeing the launch of the health care law, the New York Times and Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

President Obama accepted Sebslius' resignation this week. Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials told the Times.

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A medical clinic in Mena, Ark. announced that it would be closing, citing a large drop in need for the clinic as people have signed up for health insurance under Obamacare.

"Because people are qualifying for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, our free medical clinic will not be needed anymore," Stacey Bowser, the director of the 9th Street Ministries Clinic, told the Mena Star.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday suggested that House Republicans have yet to move on immigration reform because of racial issues.

"I think race has something to do with them not bringing up the immigration bill. I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, it would be easy,' " she said at a press conference when asked about a feud between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), in which Holder implied that he was treated a certain way because of his race, according to Roll Call.

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The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, Roger Villere, on Thursday called on Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who was caught kissing his staffer, to resign.

"Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation," Villere said in a statement. "He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress."

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Thursday morning defended the Koch brothers, the wealthy conservative donors who have been repeatedly bashed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Senate floor.

"People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing — paying their taxes," Manchin said on "Fox and Friends" when host Brian Kilmeade asked if Reid's speeches criticizing the Koch brothers "helps or hurts the cause for the country and for Congress."

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