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

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday said opponents of the new health care law will "seemingly stop at nothing" to keep Texans from signing up for health insurance.

"What opponents of the new law could not do legislatively, at the ballot box, or even by shutting down the federal government, they're now trying to do through other means," she wrote in an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News. "Case in point is Monday's congressional hearing in Dallas, designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation of people who have been working hard to help their fellow Texans get covered."

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins.

Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds scare animals into shallow waters where they can become disoriented and wash ashore, but technology capable of close monitoring has emerged only in about the last decade.

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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sunday said that the vote on the budget deal in the Senate could be close.

"The struggle is still on in the United States Senate. We'll need about eight Republicans to come our way," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I feel we'll have a good, strong showing from the Democratic side. But we need bipartisan support to pass it."

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who successfully negotiated a small budget agreement, on Sunday expressed optimism about Congress pushing forward on tax reform.

"I'm hopeful that as a Ways and Means member as well, that we can start moving tax reform legislation," Ryan said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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