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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

More than three quarters of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage, according to a Gallup Poll released Monday.

Seventy-six percent said the minimum wage should be raised to $9 per hour, a five point jump from March. A law that would raise the minimum wage and tie future minimum wage increases to inflation got slightly less support at 69 percent.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attempted on Monday to explain her alternative proposal for Obamacare on the "Today Show."

When asked by Matt Lauer about her alternative plan, Palin gave a rambling answer that echoed her infamous 2008 interview with Katie Couric, in which the former Republican vice presidential nominee awkwardly struggled to name a newspaper or magazine she often read.

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A volunteer group in Boston has recruited former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as an adviser for a possible 2024 Summer Olympic bid, the Boston Globe reported.

"Boston would be a fantastic place for the summer Games," Romney, who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, told the Globe Saturday. "It would be a marvelous community-building experience for Boston, and I think the people who would enjoy the games with or without tickets would say it was one of the best experiences of their life."

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday compared the federal government borrowing money from other countries to slavery, assuring attendees at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fundraiser that the notion "isnt racist" just in case.

"Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China," Palin said at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, according to the Des Moines Register. "When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master."

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The residents of Albuquerque, N.M. will vote next week on a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with certain exceptions, according to the Washington Post.

The provision is similar to a bill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced in the Senate last week. Both the Albuquerque measure and the Senate bill provide exceptions for instances when the mother's life is in danger. The Albequerque measure does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went on four morning talk shows on Sunday to tout his sweeping re-election victory as a model for the Republican Party nationwide, but the prospective 2016 presidential contender carefully refrained from staking a position on contentious issues such as immigration reform and deliberations over Iran's nuclear program.

Throughout the morning, Christie left the door open for a 2016 presidential run while making it clear that governing New Jersey is his focus right now. When asked if his victory would be a boost in a key primary state like Iowa, Christie dismissed the idea that he was laying the groundwork for a future presidential run.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) lives in a Washington rowhouse with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) while Congress is in session, so he gave ABC's "This Week" a tour on Sunday as part of a feature of a new TV show about four congressmen sharing a house in D.C. called "Alpha House."

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said Sunday that he supports France's stance in nuclear talks with Iran, and said that new sanctions are possible.

"I am glad to see … that the French took a hard position," Menendez said on ABC's "This Week," after the French foreign minister requested greater restrictions on a plutomium reactor on Saturday.

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