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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

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday criticized the treatment of blacks and Muslims in the United States in a series of tweets referencing Malcolm X, who was a member of the Nation of Islam before embracing Sunni Islam.

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) this weekend lamented that President Obama is not doing enough to fight the Islamic State because he does not believe that America is "exceptional."

"He was going to 'degrade and destroy.' Well, I don’t see any evidence of degrading, and I don’t see certainly any evidence of destroying, ISIS," Smith said on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program, according to audio published by Right Wing Watch.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday defended former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's (R) comments questioning President Obama's patriotism.

"The reality is that Rudy has taken our debate — and I think we should thank him for this part of it — back to national security, to the key element that the president should be focusing on," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union." "He needs to call it Islamic terrorism. He can’t be looking at everything through the vision that somehow that if you treat people better or more democratic, you’re not going to have terrorism."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday that with a federal judge's ruling that President Obama's executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional, Congress needs to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

House Republicans passed a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and block the president's immigration actions. If Congress does not pass a bill to fund DHS by the end of the month, the department will shut down.

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After initial questions were raised about Bill O'Reilly's stories on covering the Falklands War, a former CBS correspondent cast additional doubt on O'Reilly's accounts of his war reporting as a CBS correspondent in the 1980s.

According to Mother Jones, O'Reilly in 2013 discussed being "in a war zone" in the Falklands. The Mother Jones report then pointed out that no American reporter made it to the Falklands during the war and that O'Reilly actually covered a protest in Buenos Aires.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said that his office received some death threats after his controversial remark that President Obama doesn't "love America," CNN reported on Saturday.

Giuliani told CNN's Jim Acosta that while most of the feedback he got was positive, his secretary answered the phone to a few death threats. Giuliani added that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called to back up the ex-mayor's comments.

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