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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

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on Wednesday said he wasn't the biggest fan of President Obama because of how the administration's policies have impacted West Virginia.

“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama,” Rahall told The Hill when asked if Obama was good for his state. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”

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The Navy has disqualified 151 sailors from serving in "positions of trust," including serving as sexual assault counselors, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Most of the disqualified sailors were removed from their positions because they lacked proper training, according to USA Today. It is unclear at this time if any of the sailors will be discharged.

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Fox News contributor and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Monday compared American society to Nazi Germany.

"I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany," Carson told Breitbart News, after declaring that we were living in a "Gestapo age." "And I know you're not supposed to say 'Nazi Germany,' but I don't care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe."

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday lamented that the culture in inner cities contributes to poverty in America.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with," he said on Bill Bennett's "Morning In America," as recorded by Think Progress.

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New Hampshire state Rep. Kyle Tasker (R) posted a joke about domestic violence to Facebook on Monday while defending a fellow lawmaker's comments about abusive relationships, according to William Tucker's New Hampshire politics blog, Miscellany: Blue.

Tasker posted a graphic joke about domestic violence that read, "50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain!"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday chimed in on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) claim that the CIA hacked into a Senate committee computer network, linking the allegations to what he says is President Obama's abuse of power.

"If it is correct that the CIA breached the security of Senate computers, that is a very serious allegation," Cruz told reporters, according to Slate. "I would note, it is consistent with a pattern of the Obama administration, of disregarding the constitutional liberties of the citizenry and disrespecting the constitutional role of the United States Congress. And I would say that protecting the institutional authority of the U.S. Congress is not helped, when during the State of the Union, President Obama says, 'If Congress won't act, I will,' and virtually every Democrat in Congress stands and cheers."

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A 19-year-old Alabama woman was accidentally shot in the leg on Monday while she was unpacking for her spring break trip in Panama City Beach, Fla., the News Herald reported.

While Katlin Brianna Moore and other travelers were pulling luggage out of a vehicle in a parking garage, she tossed a duffel bag on the ground., according to the police report. When the bag hit the ground, a two-shot 9 mm Cobra Derringer pistol inside fired, striking Moore.

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Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty on Monday issued an apology letter addressing comments he made in February placing some of the blame for the state's low sexual assault prosecution rates on victims, Mother Jones reported.

During a state House Finance Committee, Rep. Mark Neuman (R) was critical of Geraghty's low prosecution rates, to which the attorney general responded that many victims change their mind about testifying.

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