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. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday cast some doubt on Congress' ability to pass immigration reform in 2014, even though Republican House leaders are making reform a priority this legislative session.

"That is clearly in doubt. It depends on whether they're willing to actually secure the border, actually have interior enforcement and not -- and agree to not having an amnesty," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week" about working with Senate Democrats. "If we can do that, where it's security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere."

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday weighed in on President Obama's recent comments that he will use executive actions to push his agenda this year.

"We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."

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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wiesnewski (D), who has helped lead the investigation into the bridge scandal, said on Sunday that the letter from David Wildstein's lawyer claiming that "evidence exists" that ties New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the lane closures just "raises questions."

"Well, the question is it's-- the use of the words 'evidence exists,' as opposed to saying, 'I have documents,' or, 'I have an e-mail.' It's a curious choice of words, which maybe he knows somebody else that has information. Maybe this is a conversation he had. Maybe this is something else that is not within the scope of the subpoena the committee issued," Wisniewski said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What does he have and why doesn't the committee have it?"

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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), one of the legislators leading the investigation into the bridge scandal, on Sunday said it was "premature" for the legislature to consider impeaching New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) or asking for his resignation.

"Clearly we're way ahead of that right now," he said about impeachment, adding that the legislature's committee is looking more at how to prevent future abuses at the Port Authority if the investigation uncovers any corruption.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Sunday spoke with optimism about the chances of Congress raising the debt ceiling without any major fights or obstacles.

"I think the last month has seen Washington actually make some progress in getting along and getting things done. You know that the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal manifested into the budget vote, the spending bill that was passed a couple of weeks ago. And I think that did reflect the reality," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) on Sunday said that "there's a lot of distrust of this administration" among House Republicans when it comes to President Obama enforcing laws, which will impact how the GOP approaches immigration reform in the House.

"So one of the first things is we believe it is serious that we, and with some seriousness, that we control our borders, right?" Cantor said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "There's not been a determined sense that we are going to secure the borders and make sure that the laws on the books are being implemented now. I would say that is a precursor and has to happen first."

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday defended he concussion rate in the league and explained how he is addressing player health and safety.

"It hasn't impacted the game," he said on "Fox News Sunday" about the increasing tendency for player to use their heads when tackling. "The game is safer, better and more popular than ever."

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A federal district court on Thursday upheld a Connecticut gun control law that expanded the state's assault weapons ban, created a dangerous weapon offender registry and formed new rules for buying ammunition, the Hartford Courant reported.

"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," Judge Alfred Covello wrote in the decision. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."

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