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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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday dismissed the idea that Republicans may lead the federal government to the brink of a shutdown if President Obama signs an executive order on immigration.

"There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House," Cruz told the Washington Post after he spoke at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Obama's foreign policy approach during a speech at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas, Tex.

He dinged Obama on his approach to Russia's advances into Ukraine and called on the president to be more aggressive towars Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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After President Obama was criticized for his comment that the U.S. doesn't have a strategy yet for combating ISIS, the White House said that Obama will not be rushed in his decision on how to confront the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

“There’s no timetable for solving these problems that’s going to meet the cable news cycle speed,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told the Washington Post. “It’s not a tenable thing. We’d much rather do this right than do it quickly. We tried the opposite [during the Bush years] and it worked out very poorly.”

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday said that President Obama has not been aggressive enough in his approach to ISIS, which is gaining power in Iraq and Syria.

"I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious— maybe in this instance too cautious," Feinstein said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Thursday suggested that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has not named the male members of Congress who have sexually harassed her because they are members of the same party.

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President Obama on Thursday said that the U.S. will not take military action in Ukraine despite recent Russian advances in the region.

"We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem," he said during a press briefing. "A military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming."

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