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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

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) lost his son Perry Inhofe in a plane crash in November, and the GOP Senator said that his loss has brought him closer to his Democratic colleagues.

"I probably shouldn't say this, but I seem to have gotten more, at least as many, maybe more, of communications from some of my Democrat friends. And I'm a pretty partisan Republican," Inhofe said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They realize that you've lost someone, and that brings us closer together."

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday called on the government to curb the National Security Agency's spying abilities.

"The arguments for the status quo, George, fell apart this week in Washington," Udall said on ABC's "This Week." "This is an invasion of privacy. If you take the business records of every American, of all of our phone calls, you can get a pretty good idea of what people are doing, based on when they call, who they call, from where they call."

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Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) on Sunday said that Congressional leaders are not as effective at pushing bipartisan legislation as are members of the "rank and file."

"The deal that was struck between Paul Ryan and Patty Murray would never have been trotted out by John Boehner or Harry Reid if first those two budget chairmen had not agreed and the budget conferees not agreed," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Sunday said that Americans and Congress need "perspective" when reviewing the recent proposal on curbing National Security Agency surveillance practices and when considering the recent ruling by a federal judge that found that NSA practices are likely unconsitutional.

"Perspective is important," Rogers said of the court ruling on ABC's "This Week." "Yes, this one district judge that doesn't handle national security cases had a difference of opinion, that is our good system."

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Sunday compared the National Security Agency to "Big Brother."

"And now we found out that Big Brother is truly watching you," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" about revelations about the NSA's metadata collection program.

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