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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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The White House on Tuesday defended Vice President Joe Biden after former Defense Secretary Bob Gates criticized Biden's views on foreign policy.

"The President disagrees with Secretary Gates' assessment – from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world. President Obama relies on his good counsel every day," National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

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A memo from House leadership to the Republican caucus coaches members on how to speak about unemployment in a compassionate manner, according to the Washington Post.

The memo tells representatives that unemployment is a "personal crisis" and asks them to give "proper consideration" to an extension of longterm unemployment benefits.

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that liberals in the media created the "polar vortex" to advance what he called the climate change "hoax."

"We are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it's completely unprecedented," he said on his radio show. "Because they've got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It's called the 'polar vortex.' The dreaded polar vortex."

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) donned some long johns on Monday to battle the "polar vortex" and use this week's cold weather as evidence that the U.S. does not need to address global warming.

"There's a concerted effort of people to believe that global warming is taking place, that we're all going to die and all of that," he said on the Senate floor. "At the same time, the evidence out there is just-- it's almost laughable."

Inhofe prepared for the unusually cold weather by wearing long johns under his suit on Monday, showing them off to Now This News.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday reiterated that he would consider an extension of longterm unemployment benefits, but only if the legislation included a plan to pay for the program and a provision that created jobs.

"One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work," Boehner said in a statement.

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Mediaite managing editor Jon Nicosia on Saturday penned a column in which he revealed that he is a convicted felon and described how he recovered after his time in prison and became a video editor.

"I have certainly tried to keep much of my past behind me, but for years people have been asking questions -- and rightfully so. I would like a long future in this business, so it’s time for me to come clean so I can be judged accordingly," Nicosia wrote.

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Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) on Monday walked onto the Senate floor and received high fives from multiple colleagues the same day Liz Cheney dropped out of the Wyoming GOP Senate primary.

After Enzi voted on Janet Yellen's nomination for chair of the Federal Reserve, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) high fived the senator. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) then gave Enzi a pat on the back.

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