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

After a federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's order suspending the refugee program and barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the State Department on Saturday said it would reinstate visas that were revoked due to Trump's order, according to the Associated Press.

The State Department said it took steps to reverse the cancellation of visas after the Justice Department communicated with them about the judge's ruling on Friday, per AP.

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Republican Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has proposed requiring voters to present a government-issued ID, but does not think that such a measure would require the state to set aside funds to raise public awareness about the rule.

"We are not asking for any additional funding for this, because educating and encouraging people to vote is part of the duties this office already conducts," Kevin Hall, a spokesman for Pate, told the Associated Press.

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Asked if President Donald Trump would consider taking military action against Iran, White House Press Secretary said Friday that Trump never takes options off the table.

"The President's been very clear," Spicer said during the daily press briefing. "He doesn't take options off the table, but he understands the impact of something like" military action."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday suggested President Donald Trump "inspired" the job growth shown in the January jobs report, even though Trump was only sworn into office on Jan. 20.

"Today's report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired," Spicer told reporters at the daily press briefing.

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After Politico reported that the White House quashed a State Department statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that specifically mentioned Jewish victims, the director of the Anti-Defamation League called on President Donald Trump to apologize.

"To not include Jews when talking about the Holocaust is to miss the very essence of this low point in human history. Time for President Trump to apologize and set the record straight," ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt said late Thursday in a statement.

Trump's statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day last week did not explicitly mention Jewish victims, prompting scrutiny from groups like the ADL.

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A former prime minister of Norway says he was stopped for questioning at Dulles airport in Virginia because his passport showed that he had traveled to Iran, but told his experience was not prompted by the Trump administration's new executive order on immigration.

Kjell Magne Bondevik told local news station WJLA that he was flying in from Europe but was stopped, despite having a diplomatic passport, because of a 2014 trip to Iran.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday evening signaled a potential shift in his policy toward Israel with a statement from the White House saying that expansions of Israeli settlements may inhibit the peace process with Palestine.

"The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. "As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region."

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