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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

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Tuesday night denied that he previously suggested that Islamic State militants could cross the southern border into the U.S.

During the New Hampshire Senate debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked Brown what evidence he had to suggest that the southern border is "the most obvious pathway for terrorists to enter our country."

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A Mississippi GOP email ad may have violated NCAA rules by using the images of two college athletes.

In the email to recruit volunteers for Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign, the state party included a video of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and footage from Mississippi football games, according to the Sun Herald. The video includes players from Ole Miss and Mississippi State University.

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Fox Host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday tore into Republicans who have criticized Ron Klain, the man President Obama appointed to lead U.S. efforts to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"I have a message for Republicans who continue to attack Ron Klain: Shut up and save it for issues that matter," Cavuto said. "Okay, so the president's Ebola coordinator doesn't have any medical experience. Neither do a lot of you guys, but that hasn’t stopped you from pontificating as if you were Marcus Welby just the same."

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The Brownells firearms company has started selling pandemic kits to help Americans deal with any germophobia sparked by the Ebola cases that surfaced in the U.S., according to the Des Moines Register.

The kits don't cater to an Ebola outbreak, but include filter masks, gloves, medical supplies and cooking equipment. For somewhere between $55 and $110, Brownells supplies the "basic needs" for people to protect themselves from bacteria and viruses.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday lamented that the U.S. has become a "third world country" under President Obama.

Appearing at a campaign event with Donald Trump, King said that while he thought the "rule of law" was enough, he's concerned about "the things that are coming at us from across the border."

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Tuesday said there is still a chance that Republicans will fail to take the Senate even though they are favored to win the majority in the 2014 elections.

"You know, I’m not particularly good at that but everything I read says — there are people who do that and do that pretty much for a living — and they’re all saying now somewhere between 60 percent and 65 percent," Blunt said on KTRS Radio's "The McGraw Show" when asked about the the GOP's chances.

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The former campaign manager for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's (pictured) 2012 Senate campaign on Tuesday pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1.8 million from campaign funds, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield now faces up to 28 years in prison, as well as millions in fines. He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

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