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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

There's been a marked increase in the amount of anti-Semitic tweets aimed at Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser over the past week, the Anti-Defamation League has found.

The wave of anti-Semitic tweets from white nationalist accounts came as Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council's Principals' Committee and as Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical attack believed to be carried out by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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Back home in his California district for a two-week House recess, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) faced boos and tough questions at a town hall on Saturday.

During the two-hour event, attendees held up signs reading "Obamacare Fix It, Don't Nix It" and "Independent Commission Re Russia/Trump," and audience members shouted "Do your job," according to CNN.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump's administration was likely "partially to blame" for the recent chemical attack in Syria.

During CBS' "Face the Nation," host John Dickerson noted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before the chemical attack that the Syrian people would decide the fate of leader Bashar al-Assad. Dickerson asked if this rhetoric encouraged the chemical attack at all.

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The parent company of Fox News will investigate a sexual harassment claim made against host Bill O'Reilly by a former guest on the network, the lawyer for the accuser told CNN on Sunday.

"On Friday, we received a return phone call from a couple of attorneys who represent Fox News, and they said they are indeed going to do an investigation based on Wendy’s complaint," lawyer Lisa Bloom told CNN's "Reliable Sources." "I'm told that they are taking it seriously, and they are going to do the investigation that's legally required of them."

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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, failed to note two meetings with Russian officials, as well as other conversations with foreign officials, on his application for a security clearance, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The federal government requires those applying for a security clearance to list all contacts with foreign officials over the past seven years. As has been previously reported, Kushner met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, in December. He also met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Trump Tower that same month.

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After the Trump administration ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base on Thursday night, many members of Congress approved of the move. But President Donald Trump faced some criticism for launching the strikes, and some members warned the President to seek authorization from Congress before escalating action in Syria further.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the strikes "appropriate and just." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also said the action was "proportional" but told the administration that if Trump intends to "escalate" military action in Syria, he must obtain authorization from Congress.

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After the United States launched missile strikes on a Syrian air base on Thursday night, President Donald Trump said that the retaliation to a chemical weapons attack was in the security interest of the United States.

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council," Trump said Thursday night from his Florida resort Mar-A-Lago.

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With just under two weeks to go until a special election to fill the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Republicans have been trying to slime the race's leading Democratic candidate by seizing on work he did with Al Jazeera to link him to terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.

In recent days, the race has seen an ad from a super PAC affiliated with House Republican leadership and a mailer from one of the Republican candidates in the race attack Jon Ossoff for working with the Qatar-based network on investigative films.

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