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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

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham went easy on President Obama on Sunday, acknowledging that the appropriate response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq isn't completely clear.

"I think it’s really hard. I don’t think you can judge how he did right now," Ingraham said on "Fox News Sunday" about Obama's decision to carry out airstrikes in Iraq. "We’re almost in an impossible situation. The American people really have no appetite for America to reengage. They don’t want us to go into Syria."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Obama needs to warn Americans about potential attacks on the United States from militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

"If he does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want guys want to call it, they are coming here. This is just not about Baghdad. This is just not about Syria. And if we do get attacked, then he will have committed a blunder for the ages," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

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Hillary Clinton criticized President Obama's foreign policy approach, asserting that he should have taken action in Syria.

"The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled," she said in an interview with The Atlantic published on Sunday.

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As of Sunday morning, the Democratic primary election for the Hawaii U.S. senate seat was still too close to call, with Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) holding onto a small lead over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI).

With about 99 percent of precincts reporting, Schatz had 49.3 percent of the vote and Hanabusa had 48.6 percent of the vote, according to Politico.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), known for his aggressive foreign policy views, slammed President Obama's approach to the Islamic state militants in Iraq.

On CNN's "State of the Union," McCain blamed the deteriorating situation in Iraq on America's failure to leave forces behind in Iraq.

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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) on Thursday said he would not seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat representing Montana.

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