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

Tom Ridge, the Department of Homeland Security secretary during the Bush administration, said Thursday that Republicans who oppose comprehensive immigration reform are mistaken.

"At the end of the day, I think we're just flat, dead wrong on the issue. We're not sending them back, I don't know why we can't reach a compromise," Ridge told Buzzfeed. "And, by the way, 'compromise' is not a dirty word in my lexicon, it's part of the art of governing."

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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday called a report that the United States has been spying on Italy "inconceivable and unacceptable."

Italian publication L'Espresso reported Thursday that the U.S. and Britain have been monitoring telcommunications of the Italian government, companies and suspected terrorist groups, according to Reuters.

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The National Security Agency tracked "phone conversations" of 35 foreign leaders, according to documents obtained by the Guardian from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The NSA encouraged executive branch officials to share their contact lists with the spy agency so that it could monitor the phone calls of foreign leaders, according to a 2006 memo. The memo notes that one U.S. official gave the NSA contact information for 35 foreign leaders, but the it does not include any names.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Tuesday would not endorse Utah's junior senator and tea party member Mike Lee for re-election, maintaining that Lee needs to prove himself first.

"I think Sen. Lee has plenty of time to reach out to fellow Utahns and to show he's worthy of being re-elected," Hatch told the Deseret News. "The best thing to do is do the job, really work hard, (and) stay away from extremes unless you're absolutely sure you're right."

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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) is sticking with his story that a House GOP leader told President Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a meeting over the federal government shutdown earlier this month.

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Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) defended his stance against raising the debt limit and said that he will not run again if his constituents' views change on the issue during a town hall event on Monday.

"If raising the debt ceiling was the answer, we wouldn’t have this discussion because we've raised it 14 times since 2001, and all we've done is gain more debt and more interest on our debt," Yoho said at a town hall in Gainseville, Flordia.

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