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

Republican members of the House sang 'Amazing Grace' at a caucus meeting Tuesday morning, according to the Huffington Post

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) led the members in the hymn instead of the usual opening prayer. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told the Huffington Post that it was "impressive" that the members could sing three verses of the song from memory.

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Tuesday compared the small faction of Tea Party Republicans in the House to Civil War Confederates while discussing the government shutdown.

"This is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they're coming from," Rangel said on CNN. "And the same way they fought as Confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it."

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Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday blamed the current fiscal crisis on both the White House and Republican leaders, lamenting the lack of trust between the two parties. 

Panetta said that President should not walk away from negotiations.

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has done so much to unintentionally boost Obamacare's popularity with his crusade to defund it that President Obama should thank Cruz with a campaign donation.

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