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 Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a new plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"It's my hope that today we can put some of those most urgent issues behind us," McConnell said. "After yesterday's events the Majority Leader and I began a series of conversations about a way to get the government reopened and to prevent default. I'm confident we'll be able to do both those things later today."

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a tweet that the shutdown will end on Wednesday, now that House Republicans failed to pass their own bill last night.

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Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who first published Edward Snowden's NSA documents, will be leaving the Guardian to start his own news venture, Buzzfeed reports.

The news organization will be "a very well-funded… very substantial new media outlet," Greenwald told Buzzfeed. He could provide only a few details because news was leaked before he was prepared to announce it, but Greenwald said that he will have more details soon.

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After the bipartisan co-chairs of the House Disabilities Caucus condemned a sign that read "Thank You Tea-Tards" at an Organizing for Action shutdown rally in front of the Capitol Tuesday, OFA also condemned the display, according to Buzzfeed

Condemnations came after reporters tweeted photos of the sign.

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Republican members of the House sang 'Amazing Grace' at a caucus meeting Tuesday morning, according to the Huffington Post

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) led the members in the hymn instead of the usual opening prayer. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told the Huffington Post that it was "impressive" that the members could sing three verses of the song from memory.

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