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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

At least 50 lawmakers will boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, according to Tuesday morning whip counts.

According to The Hill, 56 Congressional Democrats have said they will not attend the speech, which House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) invited Netanyahu to deliver without first consulting the White House. By The Hill's count, seven Senate Democrats and 46 House Democrats will skip the joint meeting.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Monday said that he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, becoming the sixth Democratic senator to boycott the joint meeting.

"I’m concerned that behind it was a mischievous effort to manipulate domestic politics in both countries, which should not be the terms of engagement between friendly allies," Whitehouse said in a statement to Rhode Island television station WPRI.

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Almost half of American voters oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to speak before Congress this week, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday.

Forty-eight percent said that Congressional leadership should not have invited Netanyahu to the U.S. so close to the Israeli elections, while 30 percent said the invitation was fine, and 22 percent did not have an opinion on the speech.

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Some Democrats believe that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struck a deal with House Republicans Friday night to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, but House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) says no such deal exists.

"There is no such deal and there’s no such bill," Scalise told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. And we rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration."

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