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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 Senate voted Monday night to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, granting workplace protections to LGBT people, by a margin of 61-30.

ENDA would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Monday called on Instagram to stop its users from illegally selling firearms using the popular social media site, according to The Hill.

“A growing number of Instagram’s users are conducting unregulated gun sales through Instagram’s widespread mobile and Internet application,” Markey wrote in a letter to the company Monday.

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White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that the administration remains hopeful that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will pass both the Senate and House.

"We will continue to fight for this legislation to move through," Carney said during a press briefing. "Support for this is overwhelming."

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Google's Executive Chairman said in an interview published Monday that surveillance conducted on American citizens by the National Security Agency had gone too far.

"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK," Eric Schmidt said in Hong Kong, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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In a panel led by Nevada GOP Chairman Tom Taber, conservative publisher Len Semas questioned the role of women in the workplace, according to Ralston Reports.

Semas said that he felt that women leaving the role of nurturer may have attributed to societal problems like attention deficit disorder.

"The reality is there is a special role that women take on, biologically, as the bearers of children and the nurturers of children," Semas said Thursday morning, as quoted by Ralston. "I don't know that we haven't created problems in society by ignoring that important role. ADD and various learning disabilities, hyperactive kids, kids building bombs in their garage."

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