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

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday compared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to deceased Iraqi dictator Saddan Hussein when discussing the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle.

"I mean it really reminded me of -- of a video that we saw of Saddam Hussein doing the same thing, having people plucked out of an audience and people sitting there sweating and nobody daring to move or do anything," Kerry said on ABC's "This Week," according to a early transcript. "This is the nature of this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship and of his insecurities."

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Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on Thursday introduced legislation that would curb spending on official portraits of cabinet members. 

"Hardworking taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for lavish official portraits, especially when government officials spend more on paintings of themselves than some Americans make in a year," Coburn said in a statement. "This bill reins in excessive spending on such portraits and protects taxpayers from funding waste."

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Gen. Michael Lehnert, who led the task force to open the Guantanamo Bay prison, penned an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press Thursday calling for the closure of the detention facility.

"It is time to close Guantanamo," he wrote. "Our departure from Afghanistan is a perfect point in history to close the facility."

Lehnert did not fault the U.S. for opening the prison, but said that it's time to accept that the facility now does more harm than good.

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The Michigan legislature passed an abortion insurance bill Wednesday and that will bypass Gov. Rick Snyder's (R) desk and skip placement on the 2014 ballot, according to MLive.

The bill requires women to buy a rider in order to cover abortion procedures and only includes an exception for instances in which the mother's life is at risk.

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