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.

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The National Security Agency collects information on users from mobile applications like Angry Birds, according to new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided to the Guardian, ProPublica and the New York Times.

"Leaky" apps send personal information, as well as location and phone data, across the Internet, which the NSA and British surveillance agency GCHQ are then able to collect, according to the documents.

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Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart expressed frustration last week with President Obama's comments that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol, according to two sheriffs quoted by the Boston Herald Saturday.

"She's frustrated for the same reasons we are," Bristol County, Mass. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Herald about Leonhart's remarks at an annual gathering of sheriffs. "She said she felt the administration didn’t understand the science enough to make those statements. She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White House participated in a softball game with a pro-legalization group."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) thinks President Obama should apologize to Americans who lost their health insurance during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

"For the State of the Union, one of the things President Obama really ought to do is look in the TV camera and say to the over five million Americans all across this country who've had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare, to look in the camera and say, "I'm sorry. I told you if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it,'" Cruz said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that he doesn't believe that there is a "war on women," and instead said he sees women becoming more and more successful.

"This whole sort of 'war on women' sort of thing, I'm scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked about Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments last week on women's libidos.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Sunday defended the administrations record on transparency in response to New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson's charge that it is the "most secretive White House" she has ever covered.

"I strongly disagree with that statement," he said on ABC's "This Week." "I know from experience that it's wrong. And, you know, we provide an extraordinary amount of information and access to reporters."

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Rick Santorum on Sunday said that even if prosecutors don't prove that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) conducted illegal activity while in office, accepting large gifts as a politician is "not okay" ethically.

"I don't know how you could think you could take any of this, I mean, even if there is no quid pro quo. And maybe that's the law in Virginia, you're allowed to accept gifts, and that's okay," he said on ABC's "This Week." "But it's not okay."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that while former President Bill Clinton (D) displayed "predatory behavior" while in office, that shouldn't reflect on Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016.

"He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" about Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. "Bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office."

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of the House counterterrorism and intelligence subcommittee, on Sunday said that the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are "threatened," especially since Russia will not share its intelligence with the U.S.

"I cannot give them 100 percent guarantee," he said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Soci Olympics will be safe. "The fact is that these are going to be very much threatened Olympics. Probably more than any we've had in our past, more than Greece, certainly more than London or China."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led the charge to tie a repeal of Obamacare to the bill to fund the government last year, on Sunday blamed the shutdown on Democrats.

"Throughout the government shutdown, I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn't shut down the government," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall."

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