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. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday highlighted the battle between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over the federal government funding bill.

"There are huge differences in the Republican party," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "On the floor of the Senate, we saw the soul of the Republican party being debated. Ted Cruz was in the well, pushing his so-called Constitutional point of order, which risked shutting down the government."

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It's safe to say that many Washington, D.C., residents are unhappy with a provision in the federal government funding bill that would block the implementation of the district's ballot measure legalizing weed.

D.C. voters passed a ballot measure in November to legalize marijuana, but the federal government technically has the power to withhold funding for the city government to regulate the sale of the drug or to collect taxes on it. So while the legalization measure can still technically go through, Congress has handcuffed the city government over regulation.

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During CIA Director John Brennan's response to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the torture techniques the CIA used on detainees after 9/11, staffers for committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) offered a live rebuttal.

Brennan acknowledged that the CIA had its shortcomings following 9/11, but Feinstein objected to some of his defenses.

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The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him apologized on Wednesday.

Ben Edelman was charged $4 more than the online menu for the Sichuan Garden in Brookline advertised. After contacting the restaurant, which explained that the online menu was outdated, Edelman cited Massachusetts statute and threatened a lawsuit.

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The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant over an outdated online menu may have improperly cited Massachusetts law in doing so.

Ben Edelman claims that the Sichuan Garden in Brookline overcharged him by $4 — each item Edelman purchased cost $1 more than the online menu advertised.

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