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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

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Sunday defended his praise of Nelson Mandela after a few Republicans were criticized for honoring a leader that some insist was a violent communist. 

Gingrich published a Facebook message honoring Mandela and saw backlash for his praise. He wrote a newsletter on Friday defending Mandela, and reiterated his defense on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said Sunday that he is optimistic about Congress' ability to reach an short-term budget deal and avert another government shutdown.

"I'm hopeful that even by the end of the week we'll be able to come together and achieve that," he said on ABC's "This Week" when asked about a budget deal. "They key is that we do not have another government shutdown."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Thursday that think tank Third Way is "flatly wrong" about the solvency of Social Security.

"We could make modest adjustments and make the system financially stable for a century, and we could make somewhat larger adjustments and make the system pay more for seniors who rely on it," she told the Huffington Post. "The conversation for too long has been about whether to cut Social Security benefits a little bit or a lot. And that is flatly the wrong debate to have in mind."

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