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

As gun rights groups urge Republican lawmakers to vote against Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next attorney general, one organization took a sexist jab at Lynch.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) drafted by the Gun Owners of America, and obtained by The Hill, gun rights groups refer to Lynch as "Eric Holder in a skirt."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will travel to Israel at the end of the month to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just won re-election, according to reports from CNN and Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israeli officials told Haaretz that Boehner will lead a delegation of Republican congressmen on a trip to Israel on March 31. Boehner reportedly confirmed the trip when Netanyahu spoke before Congress two weeks ago, before the Prime Minister won re-election.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said on Wednesday that he thinks the U.S. should drop negotiations with Iran and bomb the country's nuclear facilities.

"We need to encourage this administration to go take out Iran’s nuclear capability," he said on the Family Research Council's "Washington Watch" radio show, according to a Right Wing Watch recording. "I don’t think we ought to put Israel in position of having to save both themselves and the United States. I think it’s time to bomb Iran — anything that resembles a nuclear facility."

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Potential presidential nominee and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on Thursday that President Obama's views on Israel stem from his "identity with" other countries in the Middle East.

"This administration in general, and this president in particular, has an extraordinary disdain for Israel in general, and Benjamin Netanyahu in particular. And it’s just inexplicable," Huckabee said on NewxmaxTV's "Steve Malzberg Show," according to a clip highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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A Florida state employee was reprimanded for discussing climate change and his opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline at a meeting, according to a complaint filed by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

According to PEER, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a letter of reprimand to DEP employee Barton Bibler earlier in March and allegedly ordered the employee to take two days' leave.

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After Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced his plan to remove Common Core standards on Wednesday, the state superintendent criticized the plan as "political."

"I've not seen any drafts of bills, but it's safe to say this is a political plan in contrast to our professional plan," Superintendent John White said on Wednesday, according to WWL-TV. "It's supported by extreme outliers and it's a really sad statement."

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Potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson seemed confused on Wednesday evening about which countries belong to NATO during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

While discussing the threat that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses, Hewitt asked Carson how NATO should respond if "Putin attempts in the Baltic states anything like he’s attempted in Ukraine."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night grilled Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on his suggestion to keep immigrants out of the United States if they believe in "radical Islam."

Kelly referenced the governor's Monday comments at the American Action Forum, where he said that the U.S. "shouldn’t tolerate those who want to come and try to impose some variant of, some version of Sharia law."

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During an appearance at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit last week, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) fielded a question from an angry attendee about President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The woman grilled Santorum about Congress' inability to reverse Obama's executive actions.

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Attorney General Eric Holder joked on Wednesday that he's feeling very loved by Senate Republicans, who have repeatedly delayed the confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch, Obama's nominee to be the next attorney general.

During comments at a Center for American Progress event in Washington, D.C., Holder said, "It's almost as if the Republicans in Congress have discovered a new fondness for me," according to NPR.

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