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

Google's Executive Chairman said in an interview published Monday that surveillance conducted on American citizens by the National Security Agency had gone too far.

"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK," Eric Schmidt said in Hong Kong, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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In a panel led by Nevada GOP Chairman Tom Taber, conservative publisher Len Semas questioned the role of women in the workplace, according to Ralston Reports.

Semas said that he felt that women leaving the role of nurturer may have attributed to societal problems like attention deficit disorder.

"The reality is there is a special role that women take on, biologically, as the bearers of children and the nurturers of children," Semas said Thursday morning, as quoted by Ralston. "I don't know that we haven't created problems in society by ignoring that important role. ADD and various learning disabilities, hyperactive kids, kids building bombs in their garage."

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that President Obama did not know that his campaign considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton for the 2012 ticket.

"I'm not aware that he was aware of it," Carney said at a press briefing about Obama's knowledge of the potential switch. "The idea was never brought to him."

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Secretary of State John Kerry admitted Thursday that the National Security Agency had gone too far with its surveilllance in some instances.

"I assure you innocent people are not being abused in this process, but there’s an effort to try to gather information. And yes, in some cases, it has reached too far inappropriately," Kerry said at the Open Government Partnership Annual Summit, according to remarks released by the State Department. "And the President, our President, is determined to try to clarify and make clear for people and is now doing a thorough review in order that nobody will have the sense of abuse."

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