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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

The sexual assault survivor whose story George Will referenced in his controversial column about rape responded to his characterization of rape, criticizing him for making sexual assault "seem very small."

In his column, Will said that the focus on sexual assault by colleges makes rape a "coveted status that confers privileges." He used an anecdote from Lisa Sendrow, who described her sexual assault in an interview with Philadelphia Magazine, to discuss the "ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Monday slammed President Obama for using executive actions to fix issues with the immigration system following the President's speech railing against House Republicans.

"The crisis at our southern border reminds us all of the critical importance of fixing our broken immigration system. It is sad and disappointing that – faced with this challenge – President Obama won't work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone with executive orders that can't and won't fix these problems," Boehner said in a statement.

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President Obama on Monday announced that he would use his executive authority to shift Department of Homeland Security resources from the interior to the border in a speech eviscerating House Republicans for failing to pass an immigration reform bill.

Obama said that while he waited for the House to bring up a comprehensive bill for a vote, he must deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border through executive action.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Saturday urged her fellow lawmakers to treat the children detained along the southern border with respect during a trip to Texas to assess the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border there.

"This is a community with a border going through it. And this crisis — that some call a 'crisis' — we have to view as an opportunity," Pelosi said at a press conference, according to Business Insider.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday challenged Karl Rove over the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is planning to file against President Obama over his use of executive actions.

"I think it’s fair to say you worked at a White House that took a pretty expansive view of executive powers, whether it was signing statements by President Bush when he was signing bills into law or the way that he waged the war on terror," Wallace said. "Can you honestly say that you believe this president is going further than President Bush did in exercising his executive powers?"

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The Nation's Katrina Vanden Heuvel on Sunday bashed Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol as one of the architects of the Iraq War, blaming the current crisis in the country on America's decision to go to war in 2003.

Heuvel argued that there's no military solution to the current situation in Iraq, pointing her criticism at Kristol.

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The attorney representing former IRS chief Lois Lerner, William Taylor III, on Sunday dismissed House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa's (R-CA) charge that Taylor and Lerner are both lying.

"It's convenient. This is an election-year politics. It's convenient to have a demon that they can create and point to," Taylor said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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