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

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized Hillary Clinton on Sunday for a "disgraceful" new ad from a liberal group that criticizes former President George W. Bush and highlights Jeb Bush's defense of his brother.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did not back up his fellow Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson when asked about the retired neurosurgeon's comment that Muslims should not be president of the United States.

"You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist," Cruz said at a Sunday taping of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press," according to the Des Moines Register.

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Presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday criticized Pope Francis for praising leaders in the United States and Cuba for working to normalize the relationship between the two countries.

"I just think the pope is wrong," Christie said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The fact is that his infallibility is on religious matters, not on political ones."

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday criticized Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's assertion that a Muslim should not be president of the United States.

"You know, this is the year 2015," Sanders told reporters in New Hampshire on Sunday, according to the Washington Post. "You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas on what they stand for. … I was very disappointed in Dr. Carson’s statement."

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday criticized President Obama for nominating an openly gay man to be the Army's secretary, charging that the President only did so to curry favor with the LGBT community.

"It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," Huckabee said in a statement, according to CNN. "Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he's nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night touted his role as a member of the Bush family while discussing how he would improve the United States' relationship with other countries as president.

"Name a country in the world where our relationship is better today than the day that Hillary of Clinton became secretary of state," Bush said during a speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan, according to CNN.

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Sarah Palin on Friday backed up her daughter Bristol's attack on President Obama for inviting Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen arrested in Texas when he brought a homemade clock to school, to the White House.

Palin wrote in a Facebook post that many students have been kicked out of school for small offenses, arguing that the media was too quick to condemn the Texas school for believing Mohamed had brought a bomb to school

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