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. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said she believes that phone records collected by the National Security Agency should not be held by a third party, which President Obama is considering.

"The whole purpose of this program is to provide instantaneous information to be able to disrupt any plot that may be taking place," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press," arguing that the NSA needs quick access to records in order to prevent terrorist attacks.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the country's recently enacted law that bans pro-gay "propaganda" around minors and said that people visiting for the Sochi Winter Olympics will not have an issue.

"It seems to me that the law that we have adopted does not hurt anyone," he said on ABC's "This Week." "Moreover, individuals of non-traditional orientation cannot feel like second-rate humans in this country because they are not discriminated against in any way."

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said that President Obama's Friday speech on National Security Agency reforms left Congress with some uncertainty about U.S. surveillance programs.

Rogers said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. needed Obama to make a decision about the NSA's data collection programs, but instead "what we got was lots of uncertainty."

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New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari (D) called for a new state investigation into Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's claims that Gov. Chris Christie (R) withheld Hurricane Sandy relief aid because she did not fast-track a real estate development project "important" to the governor, Steve Kornacki reported on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki" on Sunday.

Scutari would like the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, an independent fact-finding body in the state, to look into any connections between Sandy aid and Hoboken real estate projects.

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Kirkwood High School in Missouri on Thursday went on lockdown after school staff was alarmed by the presence of a local reporter who did not identify himself as a member of the media, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A reporter for local network KDSK, who inquired about school security for a story, left his name and number for the secretary while she left to find another staff member. He then left the main office and did not answer his phone when the secretary followed up.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Las Vegas Sun Thursday that he supports legalizing medical marijuana use.

"If you'd asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff," he said. "But I can't say that anymore."

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A 4-year-old girl fatally shot her 4-year-old cousin with a gun the children found underneath a bed in Detroit on Thursday, police told CBS Detroit.

“They were playing in a room inside the home; the female found a long gun underneath the bed and pointed it at the male 4-year-old and pulled the trigger,” Detroit Police spokesman Adam Madera told CBS.

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