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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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday that Blue Cross Blue Shield California will delay its individual policy cancellations until March 31, 2014, granting policy holders a 90-day extension.

Blue Shield moved its policies from the marketplace regulated by the state's Department of Insurance to the California Department of Managed Health Care marketplace because the insurance department didn't approve Blue Shield's 2014 plans, according to Politico. Since Blue Shield left the market, it needed to give consumers 180 days notice.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that the military may need to move toward a tiered readiness system.

"We may have to accept the reality that not every unit will be at maximum readiness, and some kind of a tiered readiness system is perhaps inevitable," Hagel said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Security Forum. "This carries the risk that the president would have fewer options to fulfill our national security objectives."

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The Senate voted Monday night to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, granting workplace protections to LGBT people, by a margin of 61-30.

ENDA would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Monday called on Instagram to stop its users from illegally selling firearms using the popular social media site, according to The Hill.

“A growing number of Instagram’s users are conducting unregulated gun sales through Instagram’s widespread mobile and Internet application,” Markey wrote in a letter to the company Monday.

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