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

Mike Pence on Tuesday night delivered the keynote speech at an event for Heritage Foundation donors at Donald Trump's Washington, D.C. hotel, where he touted Trump's victory and listed the incoming administration's top priorities.

"We truly believe that our president-elect has secured a mandate for leadership," Pence said, according to the Washington Post.

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As white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at Texas A&M on Tuesday night, thousands gathered on campus to protest his speech, leading to two arrests.

During his two-hour speech at the school, Spencer spoke about white supremacy. He told a crowd of about 400, "At the end of the day, America belongs to white men," according to CNN.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night formally announced that he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.

"He is one of the most effective generals and extraordinary leaders of our time, who has committed his life to his love for our country. General Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps motto, ‘Semper Fidelis,’ always faithful, and the American people are fortunate that a man of his character and integrity will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defense," Trump said in a statement. "Under his leadership, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists and face our enemies head on, and make America safe again."

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Even though North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded his re-election race, the head of the North Carolina GOP is hopeful that a U.S. attorney appointed by President Donald Trump will still find voter fraud in the governor's race and "potentially send people to jail."

"There’s not doubt in our minds that significant voting fraud took place in Bladen County, which has now been referred to the U.S. Attorney," Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, told TPM on Tuesday. "We believe that the new U.S. attorney that’ll be appointed by Mr. Trump will look at this and potentially send people to jail.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning dismissed concern about Donald Trump's unprecedented call last week with the president of Taiwan.

Ryan said it was "prudent for him to take congratulatory calls." Ryan added that he himself has spoken with the president of Taiwan, and that outrage over Trump's call with the Taiwanese leader was "much ado about nothing."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning listed three priorities that Congress plans to tackle next year when Donald Trump is in the Oval Office.

Ryan said that Congress will address Obamacare, make changes to the tax code, and roll back regulations.

"That is what a unified Republican government will be about," he said.

Ryan listed three of the four priorities he offered last week in a radio interview, but absent in his list this week was securing the border.

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The unprecedented call between Donald Trump and the president of Taiwan last week was arranged by former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, according to a Monday night report in the Wall Street Journal citing an unnamed transition official.

"It’s fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the Wall Street Journal, confirming that the law firm he works with had a role in setting up the call.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that the call "included a discussion about China and stability in the Asia-Pacific," citing an unnamed person "familiar with the call."

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A Republican elector representing Texas will not cast a vote for Donald Trump, writing in a New York Times op-ed published on Monday that Trump does not have the experience or demeanor needed to be president.

"Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of 'Saturday Night Live' for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage," Christopher Suprun wrote in his op-ed. "This is unacceptable."

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Congressional leaders have warned that replacing Obamacare could take years and Republican lawmakers are considering repealing the law immediately while delaying its replacement for three years, but the incoming leader of the House Freedom Caucus is not on board.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Politico on Monday that a plan to replace Obamacare in three years "will meet with major resistance from Freedom Caucus members." Meadows said that the replacement should not be "left to a future Congress to deal with."

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