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

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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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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