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

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has cast some doubt on the long-running narrative that it was late Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-HA) dying wish that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) succeed him in the Senate.

When Inouye passed away, he wrote in a letter to Abercrombie stating that he would like Hanabusa to replace him. However, Abercrombie appointed his Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the vacant spot, setting up a primary battle between Hanabusa and Schatz for the 2014 election.

Read More →

Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday discussed why she left CBS News last month and said that news outlets have become less interested in investigative reports that challenge government and corporate interests.

"I think that’s part of a broader trend that’s happening, not just at CBS. But there seems to be, the last couple of years, much less interest in what I call original and investigative in-depth reporting," she said on Fox News' "Media Buzz.". "There seems to be a visceral reaction to doing stories that could ruffle feathers, whether it’s certain people in the political spectrum or even corporate interests."

Read More →

After Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation this week, she explained her decision to leave the administration on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Well, actually, I made a decision at the election that I couldn't leave along with a lot of my colleagues who left at the end of the first term. That did not seem to be even a topic to consider since there was still one more chapter in this Affordable Care Act that needed to roll out," she said. "There is never a good time."

Read More →

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said he was wary of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) description of illegal immigration as an "act of love."

"You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this. But I don't want to say, oh, he's terrible for saying this. If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people," Paul said on ABC's "This Week." "However, we can't invite the whole world. When you say they're doing an act of love and you don't follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think well because they're doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country."

Read More →

This post has been updated.

Last week multiple Democrats suggested that members of the Republican party were racist, and that it impacts the way the GOP policy approach.

Attorney General Eric Holder last week implied that he is treated a certain way by some Republican lawmakers because of his race. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that "race" is preventing Republicans in the House from moving on immigration reform.

Read More →

Home Depot co-founder and prominent Republican donor Ken Langone is standing by his choice for the White House in 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), despite the recent buzz surrounding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

"Jeb would be a superb president, but I think Christie would connect better — we desperately need a president to connect to the people," Langone told Buzzfeed in an interview published Friday night.

Read More →

Now that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Sunday indicated that Republicans may use the nomination hearing for her replacement, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to harp on their issues with Obamacare.

Scott said on "Fox News Sunday" that he wouldn't go as far as to vote against Burwell because he does not like the health care law, but he said that senators need to better understand Burwell's loyalties and agenda.

Read More →

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after five years in the role and overseeing the launch of the health care law, the New York Times and Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

President Obama accepted Sebslius' resignation this week. Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials told the Times.

Read More →