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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

President Obama on Monday called on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to urge the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine to cooperate with the international investigation into the Malaysian plane that was shot down last week.

"Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that," Obama said during a statement at the White House. "Russia and President Putin has direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday insisted that his bill to cut off funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows some young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., is the most humane and effective way to address the border crisis.

Cruz said on "Fox News Sunday" that the "promise of amnesty" caused the influx of undocumented minors coming to the U.S. from Central America.

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All four of the Republican candidates for the congressional seat representing Wisconsin's sixth district indicated on Thursday that they would likely support impeaching President Obama if elected, according to the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

During a GOP candidate forum in Ozaukee County, Wisc., the candidates agreed that they would support naming a special prosecutor to investigate certain scandals, such as the IRS scandal and collection of bulk data, as the first step in an impeachment process.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tore into Obama administration foreign policy and the way Secretary of State John Kerry has dealt with escalated conflict between Israel and Hamas and how he responded to the downed Malaysian plane in eastern Ukraine.

"And as to Secretary Kerry, he gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" while discussing Israel's ground operation in Gaza. "It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape. America is the glue that holds the free world together. Leading from behind is not working."

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"Fox News Sunday" played a clip of a conversation Secretary of State John Kerry had with one of his aides about Israel before he went on air Sunday.

"While you were on camera and while on microphone, you just spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have either been shot or killed in an operation," host Chris Wallace said before playing the clip.

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that evidence gathered on activity in Ukraine before, during and after the Malaysian plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine points to pro-Russian separatists.

"It obviously points very clear finger at the separatists," Kerry said on CNN's "State of the Union" about evidence collected thus far about the plane.

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