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

Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates on Wednesday said it was a "serious mistake" for President Obama to draw a "red line" on the Syrian conflict last year, declaring chemical weapons use as the point at which the U.S. would intervene in the conflict.

"I always used to say to presidents, 'If you cock the pistol, you gotta be willing to fire it,'" Gates told the Wall Street Journal.

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The Idaho legislature's House Revenue and Taxation Committee decided on Tuesday that same-sex couples who reside in the state must file separate tax returns, the Associated Press reported.

The committee decided that because the state constitution bans same-sex marriage, couples must file separate state returns, even though the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act allows same-sex couples to file joint federal tax returns.

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Wednesday defended the way the network handled the recent controversies surrounding three of its anchors: Martin Bashir, Alec Baldwin and Melissa Harris-Perry.

"These were judgment calls made by some of our people," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "We quickly took responsibility for them and took action. They were unfortunate, but I'm not going to allow these specific moments of lack of judgment to define us."

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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), the lawmaker leading the state probe into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, on Tuesday alleged that Gov. Chris Christie may have broken campaign finance laws by starring in tourism ads paid for with federal Sandy relief funds.

"When the governor is running for reelection, to use his image relentlessly in those ads, borders on at least a campaign law violation," he said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.

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Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) on Tuesday filed a petition to create a constitutional amendment that would keep the state from running its own health insurance exchange, according to the Associated Press.

The proposal, titled the Healthcare Freedom Protection Act, would need 101,000 signatures by June 17 in order to make it onto the ballot. It would then go to a vote in Nov. 2014 and again in 2016.

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A representative from the finalist that lost the bid to create a Jersey Shore tourism ad campaign after Hurricane Sandy said that state officials asked about Gov. Chris Christie (R) starring in the ads, the Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday.

“They stated an interest. They asked us about using the governor,’’ Shannon Morris, president of Sigma Group of Oradell, told the Asbury Park Press.

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The National Security Agency on Friday told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that it cannot reveal whether the agency has been targeting members of Congress in its metadata collection because doing so would violate privacy provisions accorded to civilians in the program, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday.

"Among those protections is the condition that NSA can query the metadata only based on phone numbers reasonably suspected to be associated with specific foreign terrorist groups," NSA chief Keith Alexander wrote in a letter to Sanders.

"For that reason," he added, "NSA cannot lawfully search to determine if any records NSA has received under the program have included metadata of the phone calls of any member of Congress, other American elected officials, or any other American without the predicate."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday said he supports a $10 minimum wage, an increase backed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

"Since only six percent of American workers get minimum wage, I say, 'Fine. Up it.' I don't think it's a big deal," he said on his show "The O'Reilly Factor" when discussing that two thirds of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage.

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