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

A Republican ad released on Monday portrays Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) as nothing more than a pair of legs in heels who will blindly follow President Obama's lead.

The television spot, paid for by the National Republican Campaign Committee, shows a woman in a knee-length black dress and black heels, pacing back and forth with a suitcase.

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) in August attributed the strength of the ISIS in Iraq and Syria to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"I think today with the sadness of what’s happening in Iraq, that if we had not removed Saddam Hussein — who was an evil man — we would not have the chaos we have now," Jones said at a Liberty Torch PAC dinner, according to video obtained by Buzzfeed.

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The federal judge who on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on gay marriage wrote in the ruling that he is concerned about a slippery slope from same-sex marriage to marriage between relatives.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman wrote in the ruling that, "perhaps in a new established point of view, marriage will be reduced to contract law, and, by contract, anyone will be able to claim marriage," as Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner highlighted.

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An Arizona lawmaker this week said that she plans to introduce legislation that would help keep automatic weapons of of the hands of children after a 9-year-old accidentally shot and killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range.

"I'm disgusted that we even need such a law — that parents can't be trusted to not give a machine gun to a 9-year-old girl," Rep. Victoria Steele (D) told the Phoenix New Times.

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Malaysia Airlines has renamed its "My Ultimate Bucket List Contest" following outcries over the poor name choice.

The airline, which has suffered after two tragedies in the past year, tried to boost sales with a contest and prize of either a free flight or an iPad. The airline asked customers to submit a 500 word response to the question, "What and where would you like to tick off on your bucket list, and explain why."

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A Democratic Congressional candidate on Monday published a tweet from his campaign account stating that Republican lawmakers are worse than the terrorist group Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.

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Two Tennessee state senators joined the conservative charge against the new framework for the AP U.S. History Exam last week, urging the state to review the new version of the test, The Tennessean reported.

Conservatives claim that the new framework for the exam leaves out key historical figures and events, such as the founding fathers and important military commanders.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday dismissed the idea that Republicans may lead the federal government to the brink of a shutdown if President Obama signs an executive order on immigration.

"There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House," Cruz told the Washington Post after he spoke at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas.

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