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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

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday blasted the court's June ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, describing the decision as "extreme," according to the Associated Press.

During a speech at Rhodes College in Tennessee, Scalia said the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage was "the furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants."

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning explained why he has decided to boycott Fox News after he complained on Wednesday that the network treats him "unfairly."

The real estate mogul said that Fox host Bill O'Reilly "is okay," even though Fox News cancelled Trump's appearance on O'Reilly's show Wednesday night. The network said they cancelled the appearance before Trump announced his boycott. Trump complained about how the network covers his performance in the polls.

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday night explained to Fox News' Megyn Kelly why she has still refused to resign despite numerous failed attempts to receive an accommodation for her religious beliefs.

"If I resign I lose my voice," Davis said. "Why should I have to quit a job that I love, that I’m good at? I’ve been a county employee and served the public well for over 26 years before I got elected. It just comes back to, they can accommodate for all sorts of other issues, and we ask for one simple accommodation, and we cannot receive it."

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As many conservatives fret over Pope Francis' views on climate change and income inequality ahead of his Thursday speech before Congress, Fox News host Shepard Smith chided those individuals who have criticized the pope for talking about "political" issues.

During Fox News coverage of Pope Francis' arrival at the White House on Wednesday morning, host Bill Hemmer mentioned that the pontiff may discuss issues that both Democrats and Republicans may disagree with during his address on Thursday.

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A spokesman for Hillary Clinton recently tore into author Ed Klein's latest book about the former secretary of state, describing the book and Klein's work about Clinton as "bullshit," according to the New York Post.

Klein is known for publishing outlandish and critical pieces about the Clintons. His new book, "Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary," will be released on Monday.

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As Congress barrels toward a potential federal government shutdown at the end of the month, 11 freshmen Republican members of congress are urging their colleagues in the GOP who are pushing for a shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood to pass a temporary spending measure to keep the government open.

“[W]e are writing today to express our strong support for a funding resolution that will avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown,” the members wrote in a letter to their colleagues obtained by Politico. “[W]e were elected by our constituent’s (sic) to be principled, pragmatic leaders… The sixteen-day government shutdown in 2013 … not only hurt taxpayers with the loss of important government services — it actually cost more taxpayer money to close the federal government than to keep it open.”

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As Pope Francis' trip to Washington, D.C. has prompted numerous conservatives to lament the pontiff's call to address climate change, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said on Tuesday that he's sick of hearing about the pope's take on certain issues.

Inhofe noted the Catholic Church's position on abortion and questioned the pro-choice Democratic members of congress who have praised the pope's take on income inequality and climate change.

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As Pope Francis arrived in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised the pontiff's focus on income inequality and climate change, calling the Catholic leader "courageous."

"He is dealing with issues that very few people in Congress are prepared to deal with. He is talking about the morality of whether so few should have so much and so many should have so little," Sanders told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Tuesday evening.

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Donald Trump continued to defend his failure to correct a town hall audience member who said President Obama is a Muslim, arguing in an interview with CBS that it's not clear whether the man who asked the question was a "bigot."

In an interview for "60 Minutes" set to air in full on Sunday, CBS News' Scott Pelley asked Trump what his decision not to call out a supporter who said that Muslims are a "problem in this country" says about the real estate mogul.

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Conservative Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week urged Pope Francis to steer away from the "politics" of climate change and income inequality during his Thursday address to Congress, and instead focus on issues King deems more appropriate for the Catholic church: abortion and marriage.

In an interview with Politico published on Tuesday, King lamented the Pope’s comments on the earth, noting that he does not believe “there's a definitive science that has concluded that mankind has turned the earth's thermostat up.”

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