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

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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