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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

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Tuesday that he will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House sergeant-at-arms on Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether to launch a formal investigation into the sit-in demonstration staged by House Democrats at the end of June, according to the Washington Post.

McCarthy said that House Democrats "went beyond the rules" during the sit-in calling for votes on gun control legislation. The House was in recess for most of the sit-in, though House leaders managed to hold votes on a bill to address the Zika virus over the chants of protests from Democratic members of Congress.

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David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, on Tuesday said that it's fair for Republicans to use FBI Director James Comey's comment that Hillary Clinton was "careless" with classified information against the former secretary of state during the presidential campaign.

"It is fair game for Republicans to question Hillary Clinton based on the words of the FBI director," Axelrod said on CNN shortly after Comey announced that the FBI does not recommend bringing charges against Clinton.

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During the White House Fourth of July celebration, President Obama took some time to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

At the end of his speech at the event featuring Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar, Obama noted that his daughter Malia Obama's birthday is on Independence Day.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a vulnerable Republican senator in a tough re-election fight against Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), says that his efforts to separate his campaign from Donald Trump's presidential run have paid off.

"It's helped because I'm a very independent voice for Illinois," Kirk told CNN in an interview published on Monday.

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During a speech in Denver Friday Donald Trump lamented that the Islamic State thinks the United States is "stupid" and charged that Hillary Clinton would be a "weak" president.

Trump, who renewed his calls for torture in the wake of the attacks in Istanbul, complained that while Islamic State terrorists carry out beheadings, the United States has ended its practice of waterboarding.

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