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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

House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected to replace Rep. Eric Cantor as Majority Leader on Thursday, a Republican leadership aide told TPM outside the room.

There was a round of applause inside the room as the results were announced.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a Benghazi cover-up by placing some blame for the attack on an anti-Islamic video made in America.

"I think she understands how culpable she is, and she understands exactly her dereliction of duty that really results in the death of four Americans," Johnson said of Clinton on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday tore into Fox News' hypocrisy over the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

"Yes, we must bring those responsible for Benghazi to justice. Sadly, Hillary Clinton remains at large," he said on "The Colbert Report" after playing clips of Fox News hosts calling for the Obama administration to arrest a suspect.

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces on Tuesday for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, reportedly said he was motivated in part by the anti-Islam online video made in America, according to the New York Times.

"What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," Times reporter David Kirkpatrick wrote in a story on Khattala on Tuesday.

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The news that U.S. Special Forces captured a Libyan militant accused of leading the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012 was clearly meant to distract from the real scandal at hand, whatever that is.

Almost immediately following the reports that Ahmed Abu Khattala was in U.S. custody, conservatives furthered their distraction meme, questioning the motives and timing behind Khattala's capture.

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