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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

A few days into the shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) prayed and asked God why he was put in charge of coralling the House Republican caucus toward a deal to open the government, according to National Review.

Boehner, as he was praying, thought "there must be a reason" he was in his position, according to sources close to the speaker.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her handling of the Benghazi attack and President Obama on the way he approached the Osama bin Laden raid.

Cheney said that Clinton did not take responsibility for her role in the response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Tom Matzzie, liberal activist and owner of a clean energy company, found himself on an Acela train with former NSA chief Michael Hayden on Thursday and narrated his experience on Twitter.

Hayden was granting reporters off-the-record interviews, according to Matzzie.

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Tom Ridge, the Department of Homeland Security secretary during the Bush administration, said Thursday that Republicans who oppose comprehensive immigration reform are mistaken.

"At the end of the day, I think we're just flat, dead wrong on the issue. We're not sending them back, I don't know why we can't reach a compromise," Ridge told Buzzfeed. "And, by the way, 'compromise' is not a dirty word in my lexicon, it's part of the art of governing."

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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday called a report that the United States has been spying on Italy "inconceivable and unacceptable."

Italian publication L'Espresso reported Thursday that the U.S. and Britain have been monitoring telcommunications of the Italian government, companies and suspected terrorist groups, according to Reuters.

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The National Security Agency tracked "phone conversations" of 35 foreign leaders, according to documents obtained by the Guardian from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The NSA encouraged executive branch officials to share their contact lists with the spy agency so that it could monitor the phone calls of foreign leaders, according to a 2006 memo. The memo notes that one U.S. official gave the NSA contact information for 35 foreign leaders, but the it does not include any names.

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