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

President Obama on Sunday condemned the Islamic State's killing of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

"Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time," Obama said in a statement. "Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents."

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Former senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday had a frank response to the recently surfaced comments made by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped craft the health care law.

In the video, Gruber said that Obamacare passed due to a "lack of transparency" about the bill and the "stupidity of the American voter."

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Sunday said that 100,000 people have submitted applications for Obamacare during the new open enrollment period.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd also asked Burwell about comments made by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped draft the Affordable Care Act, which surfaced recently. Gruber said the law passed due to a "lack of transparency" and called American voters stupid.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday said she wasn't thrilled about President Obama's immigration executive action, but she was less thrilled with the GOP's approach to the issue.

On CBS' "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer asked McCaskill if she was okay with Obama's plan, or if an executive order would be "a poke in the eye."

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After comedian Bill Cosby responded with silence on Saturday to a question about sexual assault allegations made against him, his lawyer said that Cosby will not be commenting on the accusations.

"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment," Cosby's lawyer, John P. Schmitt, said in a Sunday statement.

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Saturday Night Live on Saturday imagined a "bourbon summit" between President Obama and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The two prove that with a drink or nine they can certainly get along, even though they still can't actually work together.

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Gordon Klingenschmitt, an anti-gay Republican just elected to the Colorado state house, doesn't understand why his election caused such a stir and it all must be because of a "backlash" against Jesus.

"Why would people hate a chaplain?" he asked on "Bible News Radio" on Monday, according to a Right Wing Watch recording. "I'm just a guy who believes the Bible. I love Jesus. I love people. I'm a man of faith and compassion."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday said that discussing policies that women care about did not hurt Democrats in the midterm elections.

"I resent the notion that women shouldn't be talked to directly about issues we care about," she said during a Center for American Progress Action Fund event, according to the Huffington Post. "It's a shame that the range of issues that affect women have been successfully rebranded into this one tight phrase to dust off the shoulder."

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