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

President Obama on Tuesday said that he has told his administration to work toward new standards on carbon pollution, arguing against critics who doubt the science of climate change.

"The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact," he said in his State of the Union address. "And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."

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President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress and the business community to provide equal pay to women and to make it easier on mothers and fathers in the workplace.

"Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it's an embarrassment," he said in his State of the Union Address. "A woman deserves equal pay for equal work."

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Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman (R), the only other Republican woman to ever give the State of the Union response, shed some light on the GOP's decision to tap House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to give the party's rebuttal to the speech on Tuesday.

"It's hard for me to phrase this politely. Sometimes Republicans think that just putting a woman up front means somehow that women are going to feel good about the party. It is not about the messenger. It's about the message," she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Tuesday.

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday offered a candid take about his failed 2012 bid for the White House.

"Frankly the biggest problem in my campaign was me and my campaign," he said on Fox News when asked if the new documentary "Mitt" could have bolstered his image with the electorate. "We made enough mistakes that we take responsibility, I take responsibility for those mistakes, and I wish we could go back and make it better, but time moves on."

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Conservative radio host Sean Hannity on Monday proposed that women create an "adopt-a-woman" program to provide birth control to those who cannot afford it, while discussing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) comments last week that the government should not help women who can't control "their libido or their reproductive system."

"Why should Americans be paying the nine dollars a month for birth control pills that you can get at Walmart?" Hannity asked a female caller on his radio show. "Why should especially Catholics, and people of faith, and Christians and people of other faiths that this is against their religious teachings, and condoms are relatively inexpensive."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained to a Kentucky fourth grader on Sunday that running for president is challenging because the media picks on you more.

"And the people in the media, they get meaner and meaner when you run for president because they pick you apart and say, 'Your clothes don't look good. Your hair looks bad, and you need a haircut.' You know, you get all that kind of grief from the media when you run for president, so it's a big job," he said in a video published Monday.

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