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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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Sunday spoke with optimism about the chances of Congress raising the debt ceiling without any major fights or obstacles.

"I think the last month has seen Washington actually make some progress in getting along and getting things done. You know that the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal manifested into the budget vote, the spending bill that was passed a couple of weeks ago. And I think that did reflect the reality," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) on Sunday said that "there's a lot of distrust of this administration" among House Republicans when it comes to President Obama enforcing laws, which will impact how the GOP approaches immigration reform in the House.

"So one of the first things is we believe it is serious that we, and with some seriousness, that we control our borders, right?" Cantor said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "There's not been a determined sense that we are going to secure the borders and make sure that the laws on the books are being implemented now. I would say that is a precursor and has to happen first."

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday defended he concussion rate in the league and explained how he is addressing player health and safety.

"It hasn't impacted the game," he said on "Fox News Sunday" about the increasing tendency for player to use their heads when tackling. "The game is safer, better and more popular than ever."

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A federal district court on Thursday upheld a Connecticut gun control law that expanded the state's assault weapons ban, created a dangerous weapon offender registry and formed new rules for buying ammunition, the Hartford Courant reported.

"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," Judge Alfred Covello wrote in the decision. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) on Wednesday said that his Republican colleagues should pass an immigration bill that would give undocumented immigrants legal status in the United States.

“Why alienate a large voting bloc of American people?” he asked in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, explaining that immigration reform would be politically beneficial to the Republican Party.

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An employee from a window shield company sent an email to Connecticut education officials using a picture of shattered glass in Sandy Hook Elementary School after the 2012 shooting to promote its product, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday.

The email from Commercial Window Shield titled "Conn. Educators, towns move to secure school building glass," stated that "securing glass with shatter resistant window film will help keep out unwanted intruders." The film holds glass in place when it breaks.

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