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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.

The White House says Obama and Netanyahu spoke Sunday about the ongoing violence in the region and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Obama also reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas' rocket attacks.

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The Republican mayor of Bellhaven, N.C. has been pushing for his state to expand Medicaid under the health care law, and argues that failing to do so will cost the GOP in the 2014 elections.

Mayor Adam O'Neal places at least some of the blame for the closure of his town's hospital on the state's failure to expand Medicaid. He is making a 273 mile trek on foot from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. to call attention to the hospital's closure, Blue Virginia reported.

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Rula Jebreal, whose contract as an MSNBC contributor ended last month, on Sunday criticized the network for suddenly describing her as a Palestinian journalist.

“I felt terrible because I was hired by MSNBC and for two years I was labeled as analyst, journalist, foreign policy expert, contributor. I was never labeled a Palestinian journalist," she said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

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Conservative pundit George Will said that Republicans need to stop pushing to deport the influx of undocumented minors crossing the border into the U.S., and instead welcome them with open arms.

During a "Fox News Sunday" panel discussion, columnist Kirsten Powers criticized the GOP for only pushing to deport child immigrants and not calling for comprehensive immigration reform. And Will agreed that Republicans need to change their message.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday did not rule out impeaching President Obama after he was asked three times by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

When first asked whether he would consider impeaching Obama, Scalise dove into a response pinning impeachment talk on the White House.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday accused the United Nations of anti-semitism over the Human Rights Council's decision to investigate whether Israel violated international law during its ground operation in Gaza.

"I would, when it came to Israel, condemn the UN Human Rights report that holds Israel responsible for the activity here," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The UN Human Rights report is a joke. The UN is becoming more anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that Hamas is violating the cease-fire it called for on Sunday morning.

“Hamas doesn’t even accept it’s own cease-fire. It’s continuing to fire at us as we speak," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." “Hamas is simply continuing all its operations, and Israel will not let this terror operation decide when it’s convenient for them and not convenient for them to attack our people."

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