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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

Residents of Tallahassee, Fla. may now celebrate "Festivus," the holiday "for the rest of us," created in the popular television show "Seinfeld," according to the News Service of Florida

Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident, made a Festivus pole from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans and applied to have it displayed in the state capitol. Festivus was established on "Seinfeld" as a way to protest the commercial nature of Christmas, and the holiday's traditions include displaying a Festivus pole and an "Airing of Grievances" with friends and family.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Texas Monthly that members of the Tea Party set an "impossible standard" for the GOP a couple of weeks before Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), a Tea Party firebrand, decided to run against Cornyn in the 2014 Senate primary.

The comments were made in a November interview with Texas Monthly that was published on Tuesday.

"I don't know how we got off on this track, where some people are welcome in our party and some people are not," Cornyn said when asked if his November comments about the "big tent" GOP were directed at the Tea Party. "Hence my reference to Ronald Reagan's line, 'What do you call someone who agrees with you eight times out of ten? An ally, not a twenty-percent traitor.' Well, we're at a point where you can agree with someone 98 percent of the time, but they think of you as a 2 percent traitor, which is just an impossible standard."

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Democratic state lawmakers on Monday called on the Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins to resign after a controversial comment he made Saturday about President Obama, Politico reported.

"Our president was elected on a series of lies," Mullins said at a a Republican event at the Homestead Resort. "The American people are finally seeing the emperor without his clothes...Obama is so close to death that Terry McAuliffe is about to buy a life insurance policy on him."

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A new coloring book made available last week features Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

The book, titled "Ted Cruz to the Future" and published by the Really Big Coloring Book company, teaches children about the senator, his job in Washington, D.C. and religion.

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Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies collect data on Americans' cellphone activity with the cooperation of phone companies, according to an investigation by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).

Last year law enforcement collected more than 9,000 records from "tower dumps," information from calls that bounce off cell towers, which can be used to track people's movements, the Washington Post reported.

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