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

As part of the Covering Climate Now coalition’s week devoted to climate coverage, we published a few great Cafe pieces that really get at the politics of climate action.

All four that we published are worth a look, but we had two particularly insightful posts from political science researchers.

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Interior Department at war with House committee: The Interior Department announced on Thursday that it would suspend department-funded trips for staffers on the House Appropriations Committee. Officials at the Interior Department claim that they nixed the trips after a House staffer was “overly aggressive and unprofessional” toward a Bureau of Land Management official.

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Vice President Mike Pence took a page out of the President’s book this week by staying at Trump’s resort on the west coast of Ireland in order to attend meetings 142 miles away in Dublin, which sits on Ireland’s east coast. For comparison, that’s like staying in Portland, Oregon, to work in Seattle, Washington. Pence’s team at first claimed that Trump suggested the Vice President stay at his Irish resort, but they quickly walked that claim back. The new explanation? Pence supposedly wanted to stay near his ancestral home and Hurricane Dorian prompted the White House to make some last-minute bookings.

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