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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

New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D), who has led the investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, on Wednesday said that while he has not seen Gov. Chris Christie directly implicated in the scandal, the governor needs to explain his role.

"I have not seen emails that have the governor's name on it, but the email has the deputy chief of staff on it," Wisniewski said in a press conference. "This is an administration that keeps a tight control over what happens and comes out of the front office. We would like to get explanations as to who else in the governor's office knew about this and what the role is."

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Tuesday told state agencies that the state recognition of same-sex marriage is "on hold" until a final Supreme Court ruling is issued.

"Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice," Herbert's Chief of Staff Derek Miller wrote in a memo sent to reporters. "It is important to understand that those laws include not only a prohibition of performing same-sex marriages but also recognizing same-sex marriages."

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New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D), who led the investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday about the latest news on the the lane closures and aides for Gov. Chris Christie (R).

On Wednesday, TPM reported that emails and text messages between top Christie aides reveal that they may have initiated the bridge lane closures as political retribution for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D), who did not endorse Christie during the 2013 election.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) on Wednesday apologized to House Republicans at a conference meeting on Capitol Hill after he plead guilty to cocaine possession and spent time in a rehabilitation facility.

"I'm thankful I had that opportunity, but I have a whole lot to do to make amends,” Radel told the Washington Post. "It felt good to talk with them. It felt good, it really did. I know there’s still a long way to go with my country and constituents, and especially with my family, but it felt good."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday canceled his only public event for the day after multiple media outlets published emails and text messages linking Christie aides to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Christie had planned to speak in Ocean County about housing recovery after Hurricane Sandy, but announced that the event was canceled in an email without citing any reasons.

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The White House on Tuesday defended Vice President Joe Biden after former Defense Secretary Bob Gates criticized Biden's views on foreign policy.

"The President disagrees with Secretary Gates' assessment – from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world. President Obama relies on his good counsel every day," National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

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A memo from House leadership to the Republican caucus coaches members on how to speak about unemployment in a compassionate manner, according to the Washington Post.

The memo tells representatives that unemployment is a "personal crisis" and asks them to give "proper consideration" to an extension of longterm unemployment benefits.

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that liberals in the media created the "polar vortex" to advance what he called the climate change "hoax."

"We are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it's completely unprecedented," he said on his radio show. "Because they've got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It's called the 'polar vortex.' The dreaded polar vortex."

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