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

Gen. Michael Lehnert, who led the task force to open the Guantanamo Bay prison, penned an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press Thursday calling for the closure of the detention facility.

"It is time to close Guantanamo," he wrote. "Our departure from Afghanistan is a perfect point in history to close the facility."

Lehnert did not fault the U.S. for opening the prison, but said that it's time to accept that the facility now does more harm than good.

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The Michigan legislature passed an abortion insurance bill Wednesday and that will bypass Gov. Rick Snyder's (R) desk and skip placement on the 2014 ballot, according to MLive.

The bill requires women to buy a rider in order to cover abortion procedures and only includes an exception for instances in which the mother's life is at risk.

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Associated Press photojournalist Santiago Lyon on Wednesday called President Obama's policies restricting photojournalist access in the White House "Orwellian" in a New York Times op-ed.

Lyon juxtaposed the selfie Obama took at Nelson Mandela's memorial service with how the administration has controlled the images coming out of the Whte House.

"Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access," Lyon wrote.

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Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) on Monday said that he opposes raising the minimum wage because workers need better skills, not higher entry-level pay.

"You have people at entry level jobs that need to acquire the skills that are necessary so they can move up the food chain," he said on a conference call with reporters, as recorded by Boise State Public Radio. "And if you make it more difficult for people to hire them at minimum wage, it’s impossible for them to actually gain those jobs and gain the experience they need so they can make more money in the future."

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A new animated film "Fordtacular Spectacular!" produced by Toronto animation company Cuppa Coffee Studios pokes fun at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's many gaffes and his ability to bounce back with a new folly.

"It's [about] a guy who never ceases to sort of amaze us all," Adam Shaheen, president and executive producer of Cuppa Coffee Studios, told the Global News. "He keeps coming back and keeps surviving — and keeps wanting to survive. It's a short film about the mayor finding himself in all sorts of weird and really cartoony predicaments but always surviving."

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A progressive group on Wednesday called on centrist group Third Way to stop criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her plan to expand Social Security and also demanded it reveal its donors.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, along with members of Social Security Works and Campaign for Community Change, submitted a petition with more than 125,000 signatures that read:

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Republican Senate candidates are learning how to improve their messaging with women voters and hoping for a gaffe-free 2014, according to the Huffington Post.

A former deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney (R), Katie Packer Gage, founded a firm with the sole purpose of training GOP Senate candidates to not make major gaffes when talking to or about women, according to the Huffington Post.

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