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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

After the Guardian and the Washington Post won a Pulitzer Award for their coverage of National Security Agency surveillance programs, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden praised the committee's choice.

"Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government," he said in a statement to the Guardian. "We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance."

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that even though Republican Senators blocked the Democrats' equal pay bill last week, her party is fighting for women's rights.

"I find this war on women rhetoric just almost silly," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if Republicans opposed equal pay for women. "It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality. Go back through history, and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress, four out of five governors."

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has cast some doubt on the long-running narrative that it was late Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-HA) dying wish that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) succeed him in the Senate.

When Inouye passed away, he wrote in a letter to Abercrombie stating that he would like Hanabusa to replace him. However, Abercrombie appointed his Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the vacant spot, setting up a primary battle between Hanabusa and Schatz for the 2014 election.

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Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday discussed why she left CBS News last month and said that news outlets have become less interested in investigative reports that challenge government and corporate interests.

"I think that’s part of a broader trend that’s happening, not just at CBS. But there seems to be, the last couple of years, much less interest in what I call original and investigative in-depth reporting," she said on Fox News' "Media Buzz.". "There seems to be a visceral reaction to doing stories that could ruffle feathers, whether it’s certain people in the political spectrum or even corporate interests."

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After Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation this week, she explained her decision to leave the administration on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Well, actually, I made a decision at the election that I couldn't leave along with a lot of my colleagues who left at the end of the first term. That did not seem to be even a topic to consider since there was still one more chapter in this Affordable Care Act that needed to roll out," she said. "There is never a good time."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said he was wary of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) description of illegal immigration as an "act of love."

"You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this. But I don't want to say, oh, he's terrible for saying this. If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people," Paul said on ABC's "This Week." "However, we can't invite the whole world. When you say they're doing an act of love and you don't follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think well because they're doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country."

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Last week multiple Democrats suggested that members of the Republican party were racist, and that it impacts the way the GOP policy approach.

Attorney General Eric Holder last week implied that he is treated a certain way by some Republican lawmakers because of his race. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that "race" is preventing Republicans in the House from moving on immigration reform.

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