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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sent a letter to governors telling them not to comply with new climate change rules from the Environmental Protection agency, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) responded on Wednesday with a short letter calling out McConnell's climate change denial.

"I disagree. Climate change is real. It’s a threat to humanity. We should be working harder to address it, not rolling back efforts to do so," Shumlin wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Huffington Post. "I fully support the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan."

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that he did not receive information from Israel after the country allegedly spied on the Iran nuclear talks, and joked that he "kind of felt left out."

"I was a little surprised at the tone," Corker said in response to the Wall Street Journal report that Israel shared confidential information from the negotiations with U.S. lawmakers, according to The Hill. "Actually, one of my reactions was 'Why haven’t they been coming up here sharing information with me?'"

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on his record in the Senate now that he has officially launched his presidential campaign.

"On your time in the Senate — this is what some of your critics point to — they say, yes you led the fight on certain issues, but what have you actually accomplished?" Kelly asked Cruz on "The Kelly File."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he didn't know what the Republican party's environmental platform is, but he does know that GOP inaction on climate change is Al Gore's fault.

"You know, when it comes to climate change being real, people of my party are all over the board," Graham said after a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations while responding to a question about whether Republicans could work with Democrats to address climate change.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Tuesday that he never received confidential information on the Iran nuclear talks from Israel.

Boehner was responding to the Wall Street Journal report that Israel spied on Iran's nuclear talks with the U.S. and other countries, and then shared the confidential information with U.S. lawmakers.

"I read that story this morning, and frankly I was a bit shocked," Boehner told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Hill. "There was no information revealed to me whatsoever."

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A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas introduced a bill this month that would create a "contraceptive incentive" for unmarried women on Medicaid who need time to "think about their life decisions that are affecting us as taxpayers," according to a report from RH Reality Check.

State Rep. Kim Hammer's (R) bill would allow Medicaid to reimburse single women with one child for a "surgically implanted contraceptive device," such as an intrauterine device, or other form of birth control that would remain effective for five years.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday night said that did not hear much he disagreed with in Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) speech Monday announcing his run for president in 2016, but Paul said that the two differ when it comes to expanding the Republican party.

"I'm a big believer that you should stand on principle and be true to your principles. But I also think that we should take those principles and try to bring in new people with them. So I've spent the last couple years trying to go places Republicans haven't gone," Paul told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. "And maybe not just throwing out red meat but actually throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven't been listening to our message before."

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