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

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) office responded on Tuesday to Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) comment on Monday in which he called Reid an "absolute a--hole."

"Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career," Reid's spokesman Adam Jentleson told the Hill.

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The deputy chairman of the German parliament's supervisory committee on Tuesday praised Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) response to recent reports that the National Security Agency has been spying on foreign leaders.

"It makes sense to have a faithful political exchange in order to clear up the current allegations and to restore trust in our U.S. friends and partners," Michael Grosse-Bromer told the Wall Street Journal. "I very much welcome that the influential and authoritative U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will now fully investigate the course of events related to the NSA."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bashed the health care law Tuesday in a press conference.

"There is no way to fix this monstrosity," he said when asked what he planned to do to fix the law.

Boehner added that government-supplied health care "defies any, any sense from my standpoint."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Monday that while the health care law provides a good product, the administration poorly managed the exchange website rollout.

"Getting people in is crucial. I know that's why it's so deeply upsetting that the government just dropped the ball on getting the website launched, but the answer is double down and get it fixed," Warren said at a meeting with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. "Get it fixed and get people in the door."

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Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday lamented a federal court's decision to uphold a specific drug protocol in Texas that limits doctors' use of abortion medications. 

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said she was pleased with the victory for clinic access, but said the court failed to protect women's access to abortion medications.

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The Senate will hold a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) before Thanksgiving, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Monday.

ENDA would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

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