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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

We’ve reached a new phase in the negotiation over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation: Now, Republicans in the Senate must negotiate with lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on a timeline for her potential testimony before the Judiciary Committee.

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Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school came to the fore in a matter of days. After the first indication last week that Democrats had a letter making accusations against Kavanaugh, Ford came forward just a few days later. We’ve since learned that Ford started discussing the incident from her teens several years ago and has been considering going public since Kavanaugh’s name was first floated earlier this summer.

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After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward and publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school, conservatives quickly questioned her credibility and claimed that it’s likely she fabricated her accusations, without any evidence backing up their suggestion that she must be lying.

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While leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office on Monday evening, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told reporters that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, will have the opportunity to speak in public before the Senate.

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After Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced Monday that the first step in responding to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would be phone calls with committee staff, Democrats on the committee slammed Grassley for the move.

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Hello, TPM readers. Before Paul Manafort ultimately reached a plea deal with the special counsel’s office, we spent a lot of time and energy sussing out what the deal would entail, as news of plea negotiations slowly trickled out. And once the deal became public, we were able to highlight some interesting nuggets. Our trusty Prime editor John Light is off on a well-deserved vacation — and we managed to soldier on without him — but we’ll all be happy when he returns.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week:

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