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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

Associated Press photojournalist Santiago Lyon on Wednesday called President Obama's policies restricting photojournalist access in the White House "Orwellian" in a New York Times op-ed.

Lyon juxtaposed the selfie Obama took at Nelson Mandela's memorial service with how the administration has controlled the images coming out of the Whte House.

"Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access," Lyon wrote.

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Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) on Monday said that he opposes raising the minimum wage because workers need better skills, not higher entry-level pay.

"You have people at entry level jobs that need to acquire the skills that are necessary so they can move up the food chain," he said on a conference call with reporters, as recorded by Boise State Public Radio. "And if you make it more difficult for people to hire them at minimum wage, it’s impossible for them to actually gain those jobs and gain the experience they need so they can make more money in the future."

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A new animated film "Fordtacular Spectacular!" produced by Toronto animation company Cuppa Coffee Studios pokes fun at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's many gaffes and his ability to bounce back with a new folly.

"It's [about] a guy who never ceases to sort of amaze us all," Adam Shaheen, president and executive producer of Cuppa Coffee Studios, told the Global News. "He keeps coming back and keeps surviving — and keeps wanting to survive. It's a short film about the mayor finding himself in all sorts of weird and really cartoony predicaments but always surviving."

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A progressive group on Wednesday called on centrist group Third Way to stop criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her plan to expand Social Security and also demanded it reveal its donors.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, along with members of Social Security Works and Campaign for Community Change, submitted a petition with more than 125,000 signatures that read:

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Republican Senate candidates are learning how to improve their messaging with women voters and hoping for a gaffe-free 2014, according to the Huffington Post.

A former deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney (R), Katie Packer Gage, founded a firm with the sole purpose of training GOP Senate candidates to not make major gaffes when talking to or about women, according to the Huffington Post.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday said that he opposes the budget agreement reached by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), calling the deal "irresponsible."

"We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream," Rubio said in a statement. "Instead, this budget continues Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions by spending more money than the government takes in and placing additional financial burdens on everyday Americans."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday called the budget deal reached by budget chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) a "positive step forward."

Read Boehner's full statement:

I am grateful for the work done by Chairmen Ryan and Murray. While modest in scale, this agreement represents a positive step forward by replacing one-time spending cuts with permanent reforms to mandatory spending programs that will produce real, lasting savings. This framework is consistent with sequester replacement legislation passed by the House in 2012. It would also help to further reduce the deficit without tax hikes that would hurt our economy. Lastly, this agreement would help protect important national security priorities.

Federal spending remains on an unsustainable course. Whether it is offering a plan to balance the budget, strengthen the federal safety net, or cut wasteful spending on behalf of hardworking taxpayers, only one party has led efforts to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. Republicans will continue to lead that effort because it is essential to growing our economy, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and preserving the American Dream.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "got an earful" from Democratic members of a Congressional delegation attending Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa.

"I know he got an earful for 20 hours out and he's going to get another earful for 20 hours on the way back," Cummings told the Baltimore Sun about the trip with Cruz.

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