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

After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking loss in Tuesday's primary, his pollster attributed the defeat to Democrats voting against Cantor in the primary in order to give their party's nominee a better chance in the general election.

While some Democratic voters did vote in the Republican primary, the New York Times' Nate Cohn wrote that based on the data, Democrats did not significantly contribute to Cantor's defeat.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday said that the language conservatives use to discuss immigration has kept the GOP from moving on immigration reform legislation.

“We’ve been somewhat trapped by rhetoric and words and amnesty is a word that’s trapped us,” Paul said during a call organized by immigration reform supporters, as recorded by the Wall Street Journal. “We’re trapped in a word that means different things to different people. … I really think that some of it is we’re trapped in this rhetoric and we have to get beyond that.”

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President Obama on Tuesday slammed the failure to curb gun violence in the United States.

"My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage," he said during a Tumblr Q&A.

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a piece by two academics arguing that women would be safer from sexual assaults if they themselves were married or had married fathers.

The Post originally published the piece in its "PostEverything" section with the headline, "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married" and the sub-headline, "The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies."

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), initially a strong critic of the prisoner swap that involved freeing five Guantanamo Bay detainees, on Tuesday said that it's time to stop harping on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

“I think we need to put an end to all of this now. I think enough is enough. I think the Senate has had a hearing and the House has had a hearing,” she told reporters after the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the prisoner swap, according to The Hill. “Everybody has heard what they need to hear.”

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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) openly acknowledged on Thursday that members of Congress expect to receive campaign contributions for voting a certain way on bills.

During an event with the Northeast Chapter of Louisiana CPAs, the congressman shared an anecdote that illustrated how "money controls Washington," according to the Ouachita Citizen. He said that many approach their work in D.C. as a "steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right."

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