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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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led Republicans' charge to shut down the government by trying to link federal funding to an Obamacare repeal, on Saturday said that his efforts gave the GOP an edge in the 2014 elections.

During a speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Cruz said that "graybeards" in the Republican party are not giving him enough credit for his help.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday urged the legislature to amend state civil rights law to include protections for gays and lesbians, according to Detroit News.

State law prohibits discrimination based on "religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status," but not sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the Huffington Post.

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The National Security Agency on Thursday released an email that Edward Snowden sent to the agency in response to claims by the former NSA contractor repeatedly that he expressed concern about surveillance practices through internal channels before taking his leaks to the media.

The NSA said in a statement along with the released email that while Snowden did contact the agency before he leaked documents, he did not bring up his concerns about surveillance issues.

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Glenn Beck's TV network The Blaze last week put together skits mocking a sexual assault survey cited by President Obama and others when discussing rape on college campuses. On Thursday, Glenn Beck defended The Blaze's attempt to debunk the surveys and explained that he understands how serious the issue of sexual abuse is.

The Blaze's Stu Burguiere claimed that two studies, including the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, inflated statistics on rape.

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Following the release of a critical Inspector General's report on the wait times at the Phoenix Veterans hospital on Wednesday, congressional Democrats joined their Republican colleagues' calls for Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki to step down.

As of Thursday afternoon, 11 Democratic senators, all up for re-election in 2014, had called for the secretary to resign.

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The two Republican senators from Arizona, John McCain and Jeff Flake, on Wednesday called for Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki to resign following the release of an inspector general's report that concluded that wait times at Phoenix VA facilities were much longer than previously reported.

"I also, with some reluctance, believe that given the lack of responsiveness of Secretary Shinseki to numerous inquiries from Senator Flake and me, that it's time for Secretary Shinseki to step down," McCain said during a joint press conference with Flake. "If Secretary Shinseki does not step down voluntarily, then I call on the President of the United States to relieve him of his duties, to fire him."

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