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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

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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A Kearney, Mo. man who accidentally shot himself in November decided to sue the town's police department for seizing his firearms, the Kearney Courier reported Thursday.

Terry Coleman accidentally discharged a rifle in a closet inside his home, according to the Courier. When police and medical personnel responded to the incident, they secured Coleman's guns in the home while he was being treated. They then held his three firearms at the Kearney Police Station until he asked for them back.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office on Thursday criticized Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for stating there was a "culture problem" of men “not even thinking about working" in inner cities.

"There are few words that can describe such a deeply ignorant comment, but shameful, disturbing, and wrong offer a good start," Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi, said in an emailed statement.

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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday slammed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) claim that there is an inner city "culture problem" of men not working.

"My colleague Congressman Ryan's comments about 'inner city' poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated. Let's be clear, when Mr. Ryan says 'inner city,' when he says, 'culture,' these are simply code words for what he really means: 'black,'" she said in a statement.

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Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on Wednesday said he wasn't the biggest fan of President Obama because of how the administration's policies have impacted West Virginia.

“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama,” Rahall told The Hill when asked if Obama was good for his state. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”

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The Navy has disqualified 151 sailors from serving in "positions of trust," including serving as sexual assault counselors, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Most of the disqualified sailors were removed from their positions because they lacked proper training, according to USA Today. It is unclear at this time if any of the sailors will be discharged.

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