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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

The Cook Political Report changed its ratings of 15 House seats Friday, moving 14 of them in the direction of Democrats following the government shutdown.

"Mostly as a result of the damage House Republicans sustained during the 16-day government shutdown, we are making changes to our ratings in 15 House seats, all but one in Democrats' direction," Cook Political Report said in a statement.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that he would not rule out pushing the federal government to shut down again in order to defund the health care law.

"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz told ABC News when asked if he would block government funding in order to take down the Affordable Care Act.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) threw verbal punches at each other Wednesday night and Thursday morning, respectively, in an ongoing tiff between the two lawmakers.

On Wednesday, McCain said Gohmert had "no intelligence" in response to Gohmert's charge that McCain is an al-Qaeda supporter.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) predicted Thursday that the government will not shut down again any time soon.

"We're not going to go through the shutdown again," McCain said on CNN's New Day. "People have been too traumatized by it. There's too much damage."

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