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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

Ron Fournier, a National Journal columnist, on Tuesday compared President Obama's approach to the health care website rollout to President George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina.

"Just like Katrina, when the big problem President Bush had was diminishing the significance of what was happening, saying ‘Hey, way to go, Brownie,’—you had the president yesterday talking about glitches and kinks. This is bigger than glitches and kinks," Fournier said on MSNBC, as quoted by Mediate. "The one difference was Katrina was a storm, the health care law was Obama’s creation."

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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sunday criticized Republicans for not being willing to negotiate with President Obama in the aftermath of the shutdown fight, recounting a confrontation one lawmaker had with the president during talks to reopen the government.

Durbin wrote on Facebook that one Republican House leader told Obama in a meeting, "I cannot even stand to look at you."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shooed a man from a town hall in Phoeniz, Ariz., Tuesday after he repeatedly yelled at the senator about American aid to rebel forces in Syria.

The man accused the U.S. of giving weapons to al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria.

McCain repeatedly asked the man if he was finished speaking so that McCain could respond, and then McCain contested that the U.S. has barely donated weapons to rebel groups.

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The student who shot two students and fatally wounded a teacher at a middle school in Nevada Monday used a semi-automatic handgun taken from his home, police said in a press conference Tuesday.

The 12 year-old suspect was a seventh grader at Sparks Middle School. Police officals have no plans to release his identity at this time out of respect for the parents.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that he is considering running for re-election in 2016.

"I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain told KFYI-AM in Phoenix, according to the Washington Post. "I'm seriously giving that a lot of thought."

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The Associated Press has fired a third employee due to a false report about Terry McAuliffe's role in a fraud scheme, the Huffington Post reports. 

The AP fired a reporter and editor on Monday after retracting a report that claimed the Virginia gubernatorial candidate lied to a federal official who was investigating an insurance fraud scheme run by a real estate planner. McAuliffe was a passive investor, but didn't lie to the official or have an active role in the scheme.

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The Department of Health and Human Services asked Verizon to help fix the federal government's health exchange website, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Verizon is already under contract by the federal government on other HHS projects, but is not currently working on the health care site.

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