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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

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Monday jumped to the defense of Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson and the racially charged email that spurred him to sell his interest in the team.

In his Time Magazine column, Abdul-Jabbar did not completely let Levenson off the hook, but he argued that the questions the NBA owner raised have been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.

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Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), dean of the House, was taken to the hospital on Monday for abdominal pain, according to his office

The congressman is doing well at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and should be back on Capitol Hill next week.

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President Obama said he doesn't feel exhausted, but "energized about the opportunities," during an interview on "Meet the Press."

But when Chuck Todd asked about the president's decision to return to golfing after he gave a statement on the death of American journalist James Foley, Obama said he could use a break from certain aspects of the presidency.

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President Obama will detail the next phase in the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS in a speech on Wednesday.

"The next phase is now to start going on some offense. We have to get an Iraqi government in place. And I'm optimistic that next week, we should be able to get that done," Obama said on "Meet the Press" Sunday, after explaining that the U.S. has already made moves to protect American personnel and shifter intelligence resources.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a significant lead over his Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, according a NBC/Marist poll released Sunday.

Among likely voters, 47 percent said they would support McConnell and 39 percent said they would back Lundergan Grimes. McConnell's lead was just one point smaller among registered voters.

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Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) gained a lead over incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) with likely voters in the Arkansas senate race in a new NBC/Marist poll released Sunday.

Among likely voters, 45 percent said they would support Cotton and 40 percent said they would support Pryor. But with registered voters, the candidates were tied 41-41 for voters' support.

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Mitt Romney on Sunday inevitably denied any plans to run for president in 2016.

"I’ve spoken on this topic so many times, I don’t have anything new to add," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "I’m not running, and I’m not planning on running."

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