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

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's "Tonight Show", on Tuesday mocked the Obama administration's announcement that it exceeded its goal for Obamacare sign-ups.

"The White House says it has surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don’t do it and then keep extending the deadline for months," Fallon said on his show, as recorded by the Daily Caller. "It's like a Cinderella story. It's just a beautiful thing. You make everyone do it."

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After the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, the Republican National Committee praised the decision as a "vindication" for those who seek political transparency.

"Today's Court decision in McCutcheon v FEC is an important first step toward restoring the voice of candidates and party committees and a vindication for all those who support robust, transparent political discourse," RNC Chair Reince Priebus said in a Wednesday statement.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Tuesday inquired how the Paycheck Fairness Act makes sure that men are not paid less than women, according to the Huffington Post.

"Take me through exactly what would have to happen, with a specific example of a man and woman, where a man is being paid less than the woman," Alexander said to attorney Camille Olson during a Senate hearing on the bill. "Because this law is not just about women — it's about men and women."

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Obamacare de-funder Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got some surprising pushback on his effort to repeal the law full-stop on Tuesday from the hosts of "Fox and Friends."

"You can’t fiddle around the edges. I think it is the essence of pragmatism to recognize this thing isn’t working. Let’s start over. Let’s repeal every word of it," Cruz said when asked if he supported a full repeal of the law.

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While a majority of Americans still supports the death penalty for those convicted of murder, public opinion on the matter has declined over the past few years, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center poll released Friday.

Fifty five percent of Americans support capital punishment, while 37 percent oppose it, according to the survey. Support has dropped since 2011, however, when 62 percent of the country favored it.

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) on Monday reiterated his claim that the Obama administration is "cooking the books" on Obamacare enrollment.

"We do," the senator said when Fox News' Greta Van Susteren asked if he stood by his comments. "We still don't know how many people have gone to the website to sign up actually paid so they actually have insurance, not just signed up on the website. That's number one."

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Fox News host Jenna Lee on Monday repeatedly asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about the GOP's alternative plan to Obamacare, but the senator did not lay out any specific proposal.

When Lee first asked Graham what his plan for health care reform would look like, he listed a few ideas, such as not denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, letting young adults stay on their parents' insurance and allowing consumers buy plans from out-of-state exchanges. The first two proposals are already stipulated in the law, however.

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