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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavored mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast -- all without eggs.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Sunday defended his praise of Nelson Mandela after a few Republicans were criticized for honoring a leader that some insist was a violent communist. 

Gingrich published a Facebook message honoring Mandela and saw backlash for his praise. He wrote a newsletter on Friday defending Mandela, and reiterated his defense on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said Sunday that he is optimistic about Congress' ability to reach an short-term budget deal and avert another government shutdown.

"I'm hopeful that even by the end of the week we'll be able to come together and achieve that," he said on ABC's "This Week" when asked about a budget deal. "They key is that we do not have another government shutdown."

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