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. 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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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision to send troops into Crimea, a part of Ukraine strategically important to Russia.

“It’s really 19th century behavior in the twenty-first century," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests."

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Members of Congress on Sunday urged President Obama to take a strong stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin's military presence in Crimea, a province in Ukraine strategically important to Russia.

"Putin's trying to make a new Russian empire and we should stand up," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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A few restaurants in a Florida chain have started implementing an Affordable Care Act surcharge, but employees' coverage doesn't start until December, according to CNN.

Gator's Dockside restaurant group is charging patrons to help with compliance costs.

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