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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.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced over the weekend that he will run for speaker of the House, said on Monday morning that he would make a better speaker than House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) because he is better at television interviews.

When asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about McCarthy's controversial comment last week that the Select Committee on Benghazi had been successful in hurting Hillary Clinton politically, Chaffetz took a softer tone. Last week, Chaffetz hit slammed McCarthy's statement as "inappropriate" and "inaccurate," calling on the majority leader to apologize. But on Monday he suggested that McCarthy should be forgiven.

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Dianna Duran, New Mexico's Republican secretary of state, was charged with identity theft on Friday, after previously being charged with 64 crimes related to fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Duran (pictured above on the right) has been accused of using her campaign funds for personal expenses at casinos and jewelry stores. The latest criminal complaint from the New Mexico attorney general's office alleges that Duran forged the signature of a former state senator on her campaign finance reports, according to the LA Times. She claimed that former New Mexico state Sen. Don Kidd (R) was her campaign's treasurer, but Kidd denies that he was part of her campaigns, according to the LA Times.

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Jeb Bush's campaign is considering giving former President George W. Bush a bigger role on the trail in South Carolina as the campaign looks to give the former Florida governor a boost in the key primary state of South Carolina, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

According to the Times, campaign advisers in South Carolina have asked for George W. Bush to visit South Carolina in a more public capacity -- the former president has only appeared at private fundraisers so far. The campaign must decided whether the boost from George W. Bush's popularity in the state would be worth risking painting Jeb as a legacy and opening him up to more attacks from Democrats.

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Rep. Jason Caffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is preparing to launch a bid for house speaker against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), according to a Politico report.

Chaffetz recently heavily criticized McCarthy, the current favorite in the speaker election, for comments the majority leader made about the Benghazi committee. McCarthy boasted in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has been successful in hurting Hillary Clinton politically.

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The Jefferson County, Colorado, school district found that a charter school in the county broke district policy by sending an email to parents with information about the upcoming recall election and the board's past support for charter schools.

Three conservative members of the Jefferson County school board face recall elections in November after parents were concerned about the members' proposals on school choice and efforts to ensure the AP U.S. History course emphasized the "positive aspects of the United States and its heritage."

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The chairman of the Florida Libertarian Party, Adrian Wyllie, resigned on Thursday to protest the party's U.S. Senate candidate, who Wyllie says was kicked out of a cult for "sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice," according to Politico Florida.

Wyllie (pictured above) announced his resignation in a Thursday Facebook post, where he complained that the party would not stand up against its only Senate candidate, a man who goes by the name Augustus Sol Invictus. Wyllie told Politico that the party's executive committee had declined to disavow Invictus.

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Repbublican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday evening railed against President Obama for attempting to "politicize" the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

"We hardly know any of the details about this horrific tragedy - What kind of gun was used? How did the shooter obtain it? What is the motive? Does the shooter have a history of mental illness? Was this an act of terror?" Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post. "With few facts, Obama is quick to admittedly politicize this tragedy to advance his liberal, anti-gun agenda. For this president to make a political pronouncement is at best premature and at worst ignorantly inflammatory."

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With House Republicans vigorously protesting that their Benghazi probe was not politically motivated, their campaign arm on Thursday took down a webpage that used the probe to solicit political donations.

The National Republican Congressional Committee took down the page not long after the top spokesman for the Hillary Clinton campaign noted on Twitter that the NRCC was still using the fundraising page.

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