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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

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will visit China on March 19-26, according to White House statement.

She will meet with the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Madame Peng.

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A Macon, Georgia man accidentally shot his cousin in the back when his gun slipped from his lap on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Dominick Kantrel Howell was sitting behind his cousin in a parked car when he removed a handgun from his waist band. When the gun slipped from his lap, Howell tried to catch it and accidentally pulled the trigger, fatally shooting his cousin, Cedric Recardo Patrick Jr., according to the AP.

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Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) on Monday said that President Obama's approach to the Syrian conflict was partly to blame for Russian President Vladimir Putin's de facto seizure of the Ukrainian Crimea.

"I frankly this is partly a result of our perceived weakness, because of our actions in Syria," Coons said at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, according to Slate.

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Dozens of protesters urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline were arrested outside of the White House on Sunday, Reuters reported.

About 1,000 people who were mostly college-aged took part in the protest. Some tied themselves to the White House fence with plastic ties, and others acted out an oil spill on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Obama has not signaled enough strength in approaching Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"Well, number one, stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators. It is not your strong suit," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody's eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. President Obama needs to do something."

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday warned that the U.S. cannot trust the Russian government to cooperate not that the country has invaded Crimea, Ukraine.

"We know that the Russians have basically violated every major treaty they’ve ever entered into. We’ve seen how they’ve basically lied. Let’s call it what it is. They are lying and this government is a government of liars, the Russian government," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think they’re increasingly behaving like an enemy of international peace and international norms."

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned that the situation in Ukraine could become increasingly unstable.

"This could be a very dangerous situation if this continues in a very provocative way. We have many options, like any nations do," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that for now, the United States will pursue diplomatic options first in order to convince Russia to pull back after it initiated military presence in Crimea, Ukraine.

"This is a time for diplomacy, and we will engage diplomatically as much as we can in order to steal this away from the increase in the tension of the level of the crisis. Nobody wants this to spiral into a bad or worse direction," Kerry said on ABC's "This Week." "It seems to me that if Russia were to step back and look at where its interests are, we ought to be able to work this out through the diplomatic process. If Russia chooses not to, there will be serious repercussions."

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