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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

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) bashed the Department of Homeland Security and called its cybersecurity deficiencies "inexcusable" in a Monday statement following the release of an inspector general's report on the department's information security. 

"This report shows major gaps in DHS's own cybersecurity, including some of the most basic protections that would be obvious to any 13-year-old with a laptop," Coburn said in the statement. "They don't keep track of weaknesses when they’re found, and they don't fix them in time to make a difference."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Sunday that Republicans need a positive message focused on the economy in order to win elections in 2014.

"In 2014, Republicans need to lay out an optimistic message to regain the United States Senate," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation," and added that he won in Wisconsin by focusing "obsessively on helping fix the economy." 

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on Sunday called on House Republicans to pass immigration reform.

"On immigration we're saying to the House of Representatives, which is dominated by the Republicans, you guys gotta get your act together. This is the best chance we've had in fair and just immigration reform," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's in your lap and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. And we're not going to let you off the hook."

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Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Obama, on Sunday said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement with the U.S. would be "reckless."

"His refusal to sign at this point I think is reckless," Donilon said on ABC's "This Week." "I think it's reckless in terms of Afghanistan, and I think it also adversely impacts our ability to plan coherently and comprehensively for post-2014."

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