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

Rick Santorum on Sunday said that even if prosecutors don't prove that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) conducted illegal activity while in office, accepting large gifts as a politician is "not okay" ethically.

"I don't know how you could think you could take any of this, I mean, even if there is no quid pro quo. And maybe that's the law in Virginia, you're allowed to accept gifts, and that's okay," he said on ABC's "This Week." "But it's not okay."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that while former President Bill Clinton (D) displayed "predatory behavior" while in office, that shouldn't reflect on Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016.

"He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" about Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. "Bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office."

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of the House counterterrorism and intelligence subcommittee, on Sunday said that the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are "threatened," especially since Russia will not share its intelligence with the U.S.

"I cannot give them 100 percent guarantee," he said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Soci Olympics will be safe. "The fact is that these are going to be very much threatened Olympics. Probably more than any we've had in our past, more than Greece, certainly more than London or China."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led the charge to tie a repeal of Obamacare to the bill to fund the government last year, on Sunday blamed the shutdown on Democrats.

"Throughout the government shutdown, I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn't shut down the government," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall."

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The Howard County Police Department on Sunday identified the Columbia, Md. mall shooter as 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar.

Aguilar fired between six and eight shots in the mall. He shot and killed two victims, and himself, Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said during a Sunday press conference. One person was also wounded in the foot.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday said that President Obama's wish for a clean debt ceiling increase is "absurd."

"What we want to do is try to accomplish something for the country," he said about the GOP approach to raising the debt limit on "Fox News Sunday," adding that the need to raise the ceiling is a "good opportunity to try to do something about the debt."

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Matt Drudge, who runs the conservative site the Drudge Report, on Thursday said that Attorney General Eric Holder is "unleashing the dogs" on critics of President Obama, like former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.

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Former National Security Contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday said that his return to the U.S. would be the "best resolution" for himself and the government, but he said he could not do so unless he were considered a whistleblower under federal law.

"Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it's unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself," he said during an online chat when CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked under what conditions Snowden would return to the country.

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