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

The White House reached out to the top senators on the Intelligence Committee on Monday night to apologize for not letting them know about the prisoner swap before the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Tuesday that National Deputy Security Adviser Tony Blinken called her on Monday night.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday said he had concerns about the Obama administration's decision to release five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and called for congressional hearings.

“And while we all rejoice for Sergeant Bergdahl and his family, it is important that we get clarity in the days and weeks ahead about not only how this exchange came about but what steps the President has taken to guarantee this exchange is not a signal that it is open season on our fellow citizens, both military and civilian personnel, serving our country abroad so faithfully," Boehner said in a statement. "One of their greatest protections – knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists – has been compromised."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night joined the chorus of conservatives criticizing the father of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for his actions and appearance during the five years his son was in captivity.

"But it is Robert Bergdahl, the father, who is also engendering some controversy. He has learned to speak Pashto, the language of the Taliban, and looks like a Muslim," O'Reilly said on his show. "He is also somewhat sympathetic to Islam, actually thanking Allah right in front of the president."

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday suggested that Bob Bergdahl, the father of the soldier released from the Taliban, was anti-American and said that he looked like a member of the Taliban.

After referencing reports that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have been "collaborating with the enemy" in Afghanistan, Kilmeade turned to Bob Bergdahl.

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The Tea Party Patriots on Monday filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his breathless criticism of the Koch brothers, Roll Call reported.

“It’s been generations since a member of the Senate has abused the power of his office to attack private citizens the way Harry Reid has sought to vilify Charles and David Koch,” the group's co-founder, Jenny Beth Martin, said in a statement.

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Immediately following the announcement of new rules that would limit carbon emissions from power plants, Republicans slammed the Obama administration's effort as a job-killer and vulnerable red state Democrats distanced themselves from the President.

But a new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday found that the majority of Americans back limits on carbon emissions, even those who live in red states.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Monday slammed the new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to curb carbon emissions.

"The president’s plan is nuts, there’s really no more succinct way to describe it," Boehner said in a statement. "Americans are still asking ‘where are the jobs?’ and here he is proposing rules to ship jobs overseas for years to come."

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