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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The government shutdown in October resulted in a loss of somewhere between $2 and $6 billion from the country's GDP in the fourth quarter, lowering the GDP by 0.2-0.6 percentage points, according to estimates in a report released Thursday by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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President Obama released a statement Thursday commending the Senate for passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would bar discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Just as no one in the United States can lose their job simply because of their race, gender, religion or a disability, no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love," Obama said in a statement. "Today's victory is a tribute to all those who fought for this progress ever since a similar bill was introduced after the Stonewall riots more than three decades ago."

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The Ready for Christie PAC, a political group that supports a New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) run for president in 2016, announced Wednesday that it filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The PAC was launched in Ohio, a key battleground state, to encourage Christie to run for president in 2016 and support him if he runs, but is not affiliated with the governor.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) indicated Wednesday that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brings immigration reform up for a vote in the House, his speakership could be in jeopardy.

King initially praised Boehner's leadership during the government shutdown.

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday encouraged supporters in Dallas to help lobby Gov. Rick Perry (R) to expand Medicare in Texas, one of several states that refused the opportunity to expand insurance coverage to nearly a million of its poor citizens under the Affordable Care Act.

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