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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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his Tuesday speech to Congress that Iran is a threat to "the peace of the entire world."

"At a time when many hope Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations," Netanyahu said, referencing Iran's power in the Middle East. "We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his Tuesday speech by apologizing for any issues he caused with his address to Congress.

"I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy," he said. "I deeply regret that some perceive my visit here as political. That was never my intention."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Monday evening said she would not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, becoming the eighth Democratic senator to boycott the address.

"It’s unfortunate that Speaker Boehner’s actions on the eve of a national election in Israel have made Tuesday’s event more political and less helpful for addressing the critical issue of nuclear nonproliferation and the safety of our most important ally in the Middle East," Warren said in a statement to the Boston Globe.

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At least 50 lawmakers will boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, according to Tuesday morning whip counts.

According to The Hill, 56 Congressional Democrats have said they will not attend the speech, which House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) invited Netanyahu to deliver without first consulting the White House. By The Hill's count, seven Senate Democrats and 46 House Democrats will skip the joint meeting.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Monday said that he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, becoming the sixth Democratic senator to boycott the joint meeting.

"I’m concerned that behind it was a mischievous effort to manipulate domestic politics in both countries, which should not be the terms of engagement between friendly allies," Whitehouse said in a statement to Rhode Island television station WPRI.

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Almost half of American voters oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to speak before Congress this week, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday.

Forty-eight percent said that Congressional leadership should not have invited Netanyahu to the U.S. so close to the Israeli elections, while 30 percent said the invitation was fine, and 22 percent did not have an opinion on the speech.

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