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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

Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, said Wedneday in her first statement since August that she is not a "pacifist," but rather a "transparency advocate."

"It's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for 'peace,'" Manning wrote in a statement to the Guardian. "I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don't even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects."

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Eight House Democrats were arrested at an immigration rally on the National Mall Tuesday, as part of an effort to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Al Green (D-TX) were arrested for acts of civil disobedience, Politico reported. At least 100 people were arrested in total, according to the Washington Post.

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The Democratic National Committee launched a campaign Tuesday against prominent Republican lawmakers, blaming the shutdown and a potential default on the GOP.

The DNC is using robocalls and targeted online ads to hit House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in their home states.

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The families of four Americans who died in combat in Afghanistan will not be flown by the Pentagon to see the bodies of their loved ones arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Deleware due to the government shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. 

Typically, the military pays for family members to fly to Dover to greet the bodies of loved ones arrive in the U.S., however the ongoing shutdown prevents the government from paying for those travel costs.

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House Democrats on Tuesday rejected Republicans' proposal for another supercommittee to address the ongoing government shutdown and threat of debt default.

The supercommittee would include members of both chambers and both parties, and would be similar to the 2011 supercommittee that failed and ultimately led to automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

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