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

Especially in these times, it’s easy to get lost in the daily flood of news. I know as an editor here, it’s hard to think bigger when I’m sifting through presidential tweets and whistleblower complaints.

But a few months ago, we relaunched our Cafe section, and I now find myself thinking harder about the news and learning more. As the special projects editor, I’ve been helping solicit these contributions, so I now spend a lot of my time digging around for experts on topics like the history of busing and natural disasters. It’s been really refreshing, and I’ve enjoyed the smart analysis we’ve published.

And it’s support from our readers that makes this possible. So if you’re not already a member, please consider joining.

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee at 9 a.m. ET.

TPM reporter Tierney Sneed is in the hearing room for his testimony.

As part of the Covering Climate Now coalition’s week devoted to climate coverage, we published a few great Cafe pieces that really get at the politics of climate action.

All four that we published are worth a look, but we had two particularly insightful posts from political science researchers.

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Interior Department at war with House committee: The Interior Department announced on Thursday that it would suspend department-funded trips for staffers on the House Appropriations Committee. Officials at the Interior Department claim that they nixed the trips after a House staffer was “overly aggressive and unprofessional” toward a Bureau of Land Management official.

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Vice President Mike Pence took a page out of the President’s book this week by staying at Trump’s resort on the west coast of Ireland in order to attend meetings 142 miles away in Dublin, which sits on Ireland’s east coast. For comparison, that’s like staying in Portland, Oregon, to work in Seattle, Washington. Pence’s team at first claimed that Trump suggested the Vice President stay at his Irish resort, but they quickly walked that claim back. The new explanation? Pence supposedly wanted to stay near his ancestral home and Hurricane Dorian prompted the White House to make some last-minute bookings.

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