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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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Thursday morning defended the Koch brothers, the wealthy conservative donors who have been repeatedly bashed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Senate floor.

"People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing — paying their taxes," Manchin said on "Fox and Friends" when host Brian Kilmeade asked if Reid's speeches criticizing the Koch brothers "helps or hurts the cause for the country and for Congress."

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Charles Krauthammer, an influential conservative commentator, on Wednesday told Republicans to give up on Benghazi.

"Politically speaking the administration has won. They ran out the clock. If we had a select committee from the beginning, really had coherent hearings unlike what we’ve had, which were disjointed hearings that let all things sort of slip away, we really would have been somewhere. We would have gotten to the bottom of this. But as a political fact, this thing is done," he said on Fox News about congressional Republicans' many investigations into how the Obama administration handled the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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The United Auto Workers on Wednesday subpoenaed Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R), along with 18 other officials, for the union's challenge of the Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen plant workers' vote to reject unionization, the Associated Press reported.

The subpoenas ask for written correspondence pertaining to the union in the leading up to the vote, according to the AP.

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Danbury, Conn. Mayor and candidate in the Connecticut gubernatorial race Mark Boughton (R) on Wednesday resigned from gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

"As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut," he said in a statement on his campaign website. "This remains my position today."

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A New Jersey man accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Pennsylvania event put on by the National Rifle Association, police told the Lehigh Valley Live.

The man was at the Lower Saucon Township gun range for a program organized by the Steel City Gun Club and the Bethlehem City Police Department, along with the NRA. Multiple police agencies were participating in the event.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on Wednesday tore into the stereotype that women are too emotional after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would help close the gender pay gap.

"Now I'll tell you what I’m tired of hearing, that somehow or another we’re too emotional when we talk. You know, when we raise an issue, we’re too emotional. Well, I am emotional," said Mikulski, who sponsored the legislation.

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Jim DeMint, former senator and current president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, insisted last week that it was the U.S. Constitution that ultimately freed the slaves.

"Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people," DeMint said on "Vocal Point" with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries, as recorded by Right Wing Watch. "Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to 'all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights' in the minds of God."

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