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

Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on Thursday introduced legislation that would curb spending on official portraits of cabinet members. 

"Hardworking taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for lavish official portraits, especially when government officials spend more on paintings of themselves than some Americans make in a year," Coburn said in a statement. "This bill reins in excessive spending on such portraits and protects taxpayers from funding waste."

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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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