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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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Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, on Thursday said that as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vice President Joe Biden did a "terrible job" overseeing Thomas' confirmation hearings in 1991.

Hill said on HuffPost Live that Biden failed to call witnesses and experts to testify who could have shed light on the sexual harassment claims made about Thomas.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took it upon himself to make your day by dancing to Pharrell's popular song "Happy."

"Be happy everybody," he says in a video of him dancing uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. "That's what the government is supposed to do, bring happiness to everybody."

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A Wisconsin resident confronted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week about the congressman's recent comments that there is a "culture problem" in inner cities where men don't want to work.

After some said Ryan's remarks were racially charged, the congressman explained his statement was "inarticulate." Alfonso Gardner, from Mount Pleasant, Wisc. called Ryan out on this explanation at a town hall in Racine.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday said that because the American government has a history of spying on African-American civil rights leaders, President Obama should care more about surveillance on Americans.

"The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying," Paul said in a preview of his speech at the University of California, Berkley, according to the New York Times. "Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon."

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The Georgia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will let church leaders allow guns in their churches, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Senate pared back the House version of the legislation, which would have removed the ban on firearms in churches unless their leaders decided to ban firearms on specific properties. The bill was amended so that church leaders may "opt in" if they desire to give their congregation the option to bring guns onto the church property.

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