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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

After Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced Monday that the first step in responding to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would be phone calls with committee staff, Democrats on the committee slammed Grassley for the move.

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Hello, TPM readers. Before Paul Manafort ultimately reached a plea deal with the special counsel’s office, we spent a lot of time and energy sussing out what the deal would entail, as news of plea negotiations slowly trickled out. And once the deal became public, we were able to highlight some interesting nuggets. Our trusty Prime editor John Light is off on a well-deserved vacation — and we managed to soldier on without him — but we’ll all be happy when he returns.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week:

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The government filed the plea agreement reached between Paul Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team, which requires that Manafort cooperate with federal investigators.

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Paul Manafort’s guilty plea is the single biggest development in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election since Robert Mueller was named special counsel in May 2017. But after long days in a Virginia courtroom for Manafort’s trial, the proceeding in D.C. Friday during which the former Trump campaign chairman pleaded guilty to several charges brought by Mueller’s office felt somewhat anti-climactic.

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