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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Rush Limbaugh, prominent conservative radio show host, slammed the Republican party on Wednesday for being "irrelevant," lamenting that GOP leaders caved during their fight to defund Obamacare.

"I was trying to think earlier today if ever in my life I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican party is doing."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a new plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"It's my hope that today we can put some of those most urgent issues behind us," McConnell said. "After yesterday's events the Majority Leader and I began a series of conversations about a way to get the government reopened and to prevent default. I'm confident we'll be able to do both those things later today."

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a tweet that the shutdown will end on Wednesday, now that House Republicans failed to pass their own bill last night.

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Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who first published Edward Snowden's NSA documents, will be leaving the Guardian to start his own news venture, Buzzfeed reports.

The news organization will be "a very well-funded… very substantial new media outlet," Greenwald told Buzzfeed. He could provide only a few details because news was leaked before he was prepared to announce it, but Greenwald said that he will have more details soon.

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After the bipartisan co-chairs of the House Disabilities Caucus condemned a sign that read "Thank You Tea-Tards" at an Organizing for Action shutdown rally in front of the Capitol Tuesday, OFA also condemned the display, according to Buzzfeed

Condemnations came after reporters tweeted photos of the sign.

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