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

A spokesman for conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday defended comments Limbaugh made about rape when discussing the filibuster and said that the pundit consistently uses "extrapolated analogies" when explaining politics, according to the Daily Caller.

On his Friday show, Limbaugh spoke about rape when trying to describe how the filibuster rules change made in the Senate last week would allow the majority to easily overrule the minority.

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President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and pledged continued talks with Israel as both countries continue to work toward a final deal to halt Iran's nuclear program.

The administration announced Saturday a preliminary agreement with Iran, which states that the country must freeze its nuclear program for six months in exchange for some relief from sanctions while global leaders hash out a final deal.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday he is "disappointed" with the nuclear deal reached Saturday between the U.S. and Iran.

"I am disappointed by the terms of the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations because it does not seem proportional," he said in a written statement.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Sunday said that the Senate should strengthen sanctions against Iran if the country fails to make progress toward ending its nuclear program within a few months.

"I think you're going to see a strong movement in the United States Senate to move ahead to tighten sanctions," he said on ABC's "This Week." "Now is just not the time to ease sanctions when they are working."

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the No. 3 Republican in the House, said Sunday that he hoped the Obama administration hadn't used a nuclear deal with Iran to distract from the problems of Obamacare.

But McCarthy also said when being asked about it on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he would withhold judgement on the matter. The question came after Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared to accuse the administration of using the deal as a distraction from the health care law.

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the agreement reached with Iran on Saturday to halt its nuclear program will hold the country accountable and does not give Iran the right to enrich uranium.

Kerry said on ABC's "This Week" that the deal is "verifiable and clear in its capacity to be able to make Israel and the region safer," adding that there will be daily inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.

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