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

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday commended Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell (R-KT) for voting to end debate on the clean debt limit bill in order to overcome Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) call for a 60 vote threshold on the measure.

"I appreciate our leadership voting the way that they did, even though they face primary oppositions, especially Senator McConnell, but he exercises his rights," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "There was enough of us that we move forward and put this issue behind us and now focus on Obamacare, on the economy, on many other issues, in which we think are winning issues."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday called on House Republicans to pass immigration reform and said that the GOP needs to pass immigration reform to fulfill any hopes of winning a national election.

"States like mine, over time, the demographics will overtake, not only mine but throughout the whole Southwest and many other parts of the country," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," reiterating his belief that Republicans need to embrace reform in order to win over Hispanic voters.

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A Port Authority police officer who grew up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at the George Washington Bridge to witness the lane closings, and was in communication with David Wildstein, a port authority official who has also been tied to the scandal, according to MSNBC.

Lieutenant Thomas "Chip" Michaels sent text messages to Wildstein updating him about the lane closures and their impact on the town of Fort Lee, according to documents submitted to the New Jersey legislative committee by Wildstein and reviewed by Brian Murphy and Steve Kornacki for MSNBC.

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Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin on Thursday introduced a bill to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage, just ten days after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to the same effect, the Huffington Post reported.

"A growing majority of Wisconsinites believe the ban on marriage equality does not reflect their belief in how the state should recognize our families," the bill's lead sponsor, openly gay state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D), said in a statement. "We believe that it is time to give the people of our state the opportunity to remove unwanted constitutional barriers to marriage equality."

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said on Thursday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was welcome to come to Iowa on behalf of the Republican Governors Association, but offered the politician a little advice on how to appeal to voters there.

"I think he's a real good retail politician and I think he handles town hall meetings really well," Branstad told the Los Angeles Times about Christie, adding, "Wouldn't hurt to be a little more humble. Iowans really like their leaders to be hard-working and humble."

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Thursday that shipments of Chobani greek yogurt intended for American athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics will instead be distributed to food banks in New York and New Jersey, but he appears to still be looking for a way to get the Olympians their American snacks.

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The growing influence of super PACs is threatening to turn American politics into a commercialized charade, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested in an interview published Wednesday.

"You may want to just wear logos if you're running for president: 'sponsored by so-and-so.' I mean it's going to get to be like NASCAR where everybody should put logos on your suit," he told National Journal.

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