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.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Friday night slammed Republican lawmakers who left the administration's briefing on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl early in order to complain to the media about the lack of information surrounding the prisoner exchange.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) left the briefing after asking questions in order to appear on Fox News, where he complained about the lack of information he had received from the White House.

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday slammed the Obama administration's decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without first consulting Congress.

Rogers argued that the White House had other options besides releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the American prisoner of war, and that the administration acted without notifying Congress because they knew there would be dissenters.

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Fox News contributor Juan Williams on Sunday slammed the "Fox News Sunday" panel and Republicans in general for scrutinizing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier recently released as a prisoner from the Taliban.

"This young man suffered. He was caged. His parents suffered. And yet people want to argue about the father’s beard. They want to say they shouldn’t have a parade. Let the military decide," Williams said on "Fox News Sunday." "Not us sitting here on this panel and not all the political people on the Republican side who have flip-flopped — flip-flopped in the most craven way."

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Hillary Clinton, addressed her timetable for deciding on a 2016 presidential bid, in an interview segment with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired on Sunday.

"I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the year, yes," Clinton said about her decision-making process, adding that she definitely won't announce a decision before the end of this year and that it's "probably likely" that she won't come to a conclusion until 2015.

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended the administration's decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, assuring that the U.S. will protect Americans from the Taliban.

"I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans," Kerry said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked about the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay in the prisoner swap. "So these guys pick a fight with us, in the future or now or at any time, at enormous risk, and we have proven what we’re capable of doing with al Qaeda."

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The open carry activists who prompted Chipotle to ask customers to refrain from bring guns into its restaurants, have also stopped bringing their firearms to Target and Wal-Mart stores.

“It was distracting from our mission,” C.J. Grisham, the president of Open Carry Texas, told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “Our purpose and goal is to get open carry of handguns to pass into law. The conversation was allowed to shift by gun-control extremists to whether guns could be carried at all.”

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Hillary Clinton described in her new book her participation in the discussions about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, knowing that any swap would be difficult for the public to accept.

"I acknowledged, as I had many times before, that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war," she wrote, according to a copy of "Hard Choices" obtained by CBS.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday disputed accusations that he changed his tune on prisoner exchanges and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier was released from the Taliban.

In February, McCain told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he would be "inclined to support" a prisoner swap to bring Bergdahl home, but has since come out in opposition to the exchange for the soldier's release.

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