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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

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President Obama on Tuesday slammed the failure to curb gun violence in the United States.

"My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage," he said during a Tumblr Q&A.

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a piece by two academics arguing that women would be safer from sexual assaults if they themselves were married or had married fathers.

The Post originally published the piece in its "PostEverything" section with the headline, "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married" and the sub-headline, "The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies."

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), initially a strong critic of the prisoner swap that involved freeing five Guantanamo Bay detainees, on Tuesday said that it's time to stop harping on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

“I think we need to put an end to all of this now. I think enough is enough. I think the Senate has had a hearing and the House has had a hearing,” she told reporters after the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the prisoner swap, according to The Hill. “Everybody has heard what they need to hear.”

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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) openly acknowledged on Thursday that members of Congress expect to receive campaign contributions for voting a certain way on bills.

During an event with the Northeast Chapter of Louisiana CPAs, the congressman shared an anecdote that illustrated how "money controls Washington," according to the Ouachita Citizen. He said that many approach their work in D.C. as a "steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right."

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Friday night slammed Republican lawmakers who left the administration's briefing on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl early in order to complain to the media about the lack of information surrounding the prisoner exchange.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) left the briefing after asking questions in order to appear on Fox News, where he complained about the lack of information he had received from the White House.

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday slammed the Obama administration's decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without first consulting Congress.

Rogers argued that the White House had other options besides releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the American prisoner of war, and that the administration acted without notifying Congress because they knew there would be dissenters.

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