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

Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote in a column more than 20 years ago that gay people are "degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Bradley made the comments in columns she wrote for the Marquette Tribune in 1992 as a student. The columns were surfaced Monday by progressive activist group One Wisconsin Now.

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Former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Monday morning said that given his speech opposing Donald Trump last week, Mitt Romney has not positioned himself to become the nominee at a contested convention.

"Look, I think if Mitt had really wanted to maneuver for the nomination, he wouldn't have given the speech he gave last week," Gingrich said on "Fox and Friends," referencing a Sunday interview in which Romney dodged a question about whether he would accept requests to become the nominee at a contested convention.

Gingrich said that Romney's speech was "so harsh and so intense" that he would be "unacceptable" as the nominee to Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Bloomberg Politics published an investigation Sunday night, reporting that a Trump-branded building in New Jersey was partially financed through a program that fast-tracks visas for foreign investors, largely those from China.

The report shows that while Donald Trump has railed against the Chinese and promised to take a hard line on immigration on the campaign trail, projects associated with the businessman may have relied on wealthy individuals from China to fund real estate projects via a visa program that makes immigration easy for certain individuals.

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During Sunday night's episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver took on special districts, which he described as corrupt, too easy to create, and too challenging to destroy.

Oliver noted that special districts -- mostly commonly fire, water and school districts -- account for $100 billion in spending in the United States each year. He said that they lack accountability, noting that in a fire district in Rhode Island, the district chief was caught drinking on the job and smoking marijuana.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) says he would likely have approached President Obama's nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia differently than current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

"I probably would've handled it differently," Lott told David Axelrod on an episode of "The Axe Files" podcast published on Monday. "My attitude, particularly on the Supreme Court, was that elections do have consequences, sometimes bad, and I tried to lean towards being supportive of the President's nominees, Democrat or Republican."

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Following the Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential campaign defended a comment made by the senator when Hillary Clinton attempted to interject while he was responding.

"I think Bernie was being himself, I think he’s a real person," Tad Devine, a top strategist with the Sanders campaign, told Buzzfeed News. "Some people may not like the way he wags his finger. That’s who he is. But we’re not going to try to change anything about him. Because I’ll tell you, the thing that’s connecting with him is his honesty, his authenticity, and the fact that he his who he is."

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According to former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), President Obama is to blame for Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican presidential primary.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal published on Thursday, Jindal wrote that "the president truly doesn’t get enough credit for creating one of the most polarizing forces in American politics today."

"No, not Hillary—that is more Bill’s doing. Let’s be honest: There would be no Donald Trump, dominating the political scene today if it were not for President Obama," Jindal wrote.

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Following the Thursday night Republican presidential debate, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), a supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), repeatedly tried to avoid answering whether he would back Donald Trump if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee.

As Mitt Romney has launched an effort to do anything and everything to prevent Trump's nomination, Gardner could not commit to opposing Trump if his party selects Trump as its nominee. The Colorado senator eventually relented and said he would support the Republican candidate -- though he insisted it would not be Trump.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Gardner was asked seven times whether he would back Trump.

Gardner tried out a few different ways to dodge answering the question.

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