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

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) thinks that many Republicans in Congress do not live in a "political reality."

Rigell, a moderate Republican, opposed shutting down the government over an attempt to defund Obamacare and told The Hill in an interview published Tuesday that forcing a government shutdown "over a deep matter of principle" did not make sense.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that he has not yet decided whether he will support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, due to concerns that it might lead to "busing" and "reverse discrimination."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) office responded on Tuesday to Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) comment on Monday in which he called Reid an "absolute a--hole."

"Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career," Reid's spokesman Adam Jentleson told the Hill.

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The deputy chairman of the German parliament's supervisory committee on Tuesday praised Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) response to recent reports that the National Security Agency has been spying on foreign leaders.

"It makes sense to have a faithful political exchange in order to clear up the current allegations and to restore trust in our U.S. friends and partners," Michael Grosse-Bromer told the Wall Street Journal. "I very much welcome that the influential and authoritative U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will now fully investigate the course of events related to the NSA."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bashed the health care law Tuesday in a press conference.

"There is no way to fix this monstrosity," he said when asked what he planned to do to fix the law.

Boehner added that government-supplied health care "defies any, any sense from my standpoint."

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