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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

The Democratic National Committee launched a campaign Tuesday against prominent Republican lawmakers, blaming the shutdown and a potential default on the GOP.

The DNC is using robocalls and targeted online ads to hit House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in their home states.

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The families of four Americans who died in combat in Afghanistan will not be flown by the Pentagon to see the bodies of their loved ones arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Deleware due to the government shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. 

Typically, the military pays for family members to fly to Dover to greet the bodies of loved ones arrive in the U.S., however the ongoing shutdown prevents the government from paying for those travel costs.

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House Democrats on Tuesday rejected Republicans' proposal for another supercommittee to address the ongoing government shutdown and threat of debt default.

The supercommittee would include members of both chambers and both parties, and would be similar to the 2011 supercommittee that failed and ultimately led to automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will testify at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the debt ceiling on Thursday, a week before the Oct. 17 deadline when Congress must raise the statutory limit on borrowing authority or plunge the nation into default.

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Seventy percent of Americans disapprove of the way Republican lawmakers are approaching budget negotiations as the federal government shutdown enters its second week, a seven point jump from last week, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll published Monday.

President Barack Obama fared marginally better, with 51 percent of respondents disapproving of his handling of budget negotiations. Congressional Democrats, however, carried a 61 percent disapproval rating, according to the poll.

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President Barack Obama on Monday visted the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington to meet with and thank workers for their response to Tropical Storm Karen, which is approaching the Gulf of Mexico.

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