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

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said he wore a tie with a Santa Claus pattern to the State of the Union address on Tuesday because President Obama would be acting like the fictional character in his speech.

"Well I thought, I can't wear that. That's Santa Claus," Gohmert told conservative radio host Sean Hannity, his guest at the speech, describing the process of choosing a tie for the speech. "And then I realized, we're going to be listening to Santa Claus tonight promising whatever anybody wants they can have."

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Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Wednesday argued that women don't need Congress to address inequality in the workplace.

"Many women make exactly what they're worth," she said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "And they don’t want to be treated like some group of people who have to be, you know, given a little special handout just to make sure that they're okay."

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito hasn't been to a State of the Union Address since 2010 because he finds them "awkward," but this year during the speech Alito was signing a court order to stay the execution of Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on two petitions regarding Smulls' execution on Wednesday, and Alito temporarily delayed the execution in advance of the ruling, the Missouri Attorney General's office told the Associated Press.

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony on Tuesday, said that public officials and members of the media will not be the only ones expressing their disapproval of his actions.

"I'm sure my Italian mother is gonna be yelling at me saying, 'You weren't raised that way,' and she's right," he told reporters about his threat to NY1 reporter Michael Scotto.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday spoke about his presidential prospects in 2016, but wouldn't say whether he would indeed through his hat into the ring.

"In my heart I'm confident that I could make a good president. It's a very different decision to decide whether or not to run for president," he said during an interview on NBC's "The Today Show." "I've not made a decision to run; I've not made a decision not to run."

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) "physically" threatened a reporter for NY1 News after the reporter began to question the congressman about a federal investigation into his campaign contributions, according to the station.

"I'm not talking about anything that's off topic. This is only about the President's speech," Grimm said to the reporter in the Capitol as he began to ask the congressman about allegations that a fundraiser illegally funneled money to Grimm's campaign.

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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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