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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

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Sunday said that Congressional leaders are not as effective at pushing bipartisan legislation as are members of the "rank and file."

"The deal that was struck between Paul Ryan and Patty Murray would never have been trotted out by John Boehner or Harry Reid if first those two budget chairmen had not agreed and the budget conferees not agreed," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Sunday said that Americans and Congress need "perspective" when reviewing the recent proposal on curbing National Security Agency surveillance practices and when considering the recent ruling by a federal judge that found that NSA practices are likely unconsitutional.

"Perspective is important," Rogers said of the court ruling on ABC's "This Week." "Yes, this one district judge that doesn't handle national security cases had a difference of opinion, that is our good system."

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Sunday compared the National Security Agency to "Big Brother."

"And now we found out that Big Brother is truly watching you," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" about revelations about the NSA's metadata collection program.

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday said that the federal government will hit the federal debt ceiling at some point in late February or early March, according to the Huffington Post.

"While this forecast is subject to inherent variability, we do not foresee any reasonable scenario in which the extraordinary measures would last for an extended period of time -- principally because the government experiences large net cash outflows in February and March due to tax refunds," Lew wrote in a letter to Congress obtained by the Huffington Post.

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