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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

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Sunday rejected Crimea's referendum to become part of Russia.

"This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law," he said in a statement. "No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government. Moreover, this vote was not necessary."

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday addressed the controversy over Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) remarks about a "culture problem" in inner cities of men not wanting to work.

When asked about Ryan's comments by the host of CNN's "State of the Union," Candy Crowley, Priebus did not directly address whether Ryan's comments were appropriate, but defended the congressman's efforts in general.

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday criticized Malaysia for not cooperating with the United States and for not letting the FBI help with the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

"The FBI could have been called to help that, Interpol could have been called in, our intelligence agencies," King said on ABC's "This Week." "But my understanding is that Malaysia is not really cooperating at all, are very reluctant to lay what they have out on the table."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday called for economic sanctions against Russia, arguing that they would be effective since its economy depends on oil and gas exports.

"Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) returned from a congressional trip to Ukraine over the weekend, and on Sunday he said that the situation in Ukraine will not take a turn toward traditional war any time soon.

"No boots on the ground," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's not the Cold War over again."

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These posters for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) Saturday speech at the Claremont Institute’s Winston Churchill dinner were plastered all over Los Angeles, Calif. over the weekend, and the senator had a good sense of humor about his tattooed persona

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that he phoned President Obama to urge reforms to the government's surveillance practices.

"The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."

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