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

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday said that Congress should wait on a decision from Europe leaders before imposing economic sanctions against Russia.

"The most important thing is for us – the United States – to make sure that we don't go off without the European community," he told Politico. "We have to work with them. Their interests are really paramount if we are going to do sanctions of some kind. We have to have them on board with us."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday said that the U.S. should refrain from using its military to intervene in Ukraine.

"Military action is off the table right now," McCain told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "But let's go back to peace through strength. What kind of a message are we sending when we're slashing our military and at the same time, the world is as disruptive and dangerous as any time since the end of the war?"

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First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will visit China on March 19-26, according to White House statement.

She will meet with the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Madame Peng.

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A Macon, Georgia man accidentally shot his cousin in the back when his gun slipped from his lap on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Dominick Kantrel Howell was sitting behind his cousin in a parked car when he removed a handgun from his waist band. When the gun slipped from his lap, Howell tried to catch it and accidentally pulled the trigger, fatally shooting his cousin, Cedric Recardo Patrick Jr., according to the AP.

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Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) on Monday said that President Obama's approach to the Syrian conflict was partly to blame for Russian President Vladimir Putin's de facto seizure of the Ukrainian Crimea.

"I frankly this is partly a result of our perceived weakness, because of our actions in Syria," Coons said at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, according to Slate.

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Dozens of protesters urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline were arrested outside of the White House on Sunday, Reuters reported.

About 1,000 people who were mostly college-aged took part in the protest. Some tied themselves to the White House fence with plastic ties, and others acted out an oil spill on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Obama has not signaled enough strength in approaching Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"Well, number one, stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators. It is not your strong suit," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody's eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. President Obama needs to do something."

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