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

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday said that discussing policies that women care about did not hurt Democrats in the midterm elections.

"I resent the notion that women shouldn't be talked to directly about issues we care about," she said during a Center for American Progress Action Fund event, according to the Huffington Post. "It's a shame that the range of issues that affect women have been successfully rebranded into this one tight phrase to dust off the shoulder."

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday threatened to sue the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for using comments Limbaugh made about rape on college campuses in fundraising emails, according to the Washington Post.

In a Monday letter, Limbaugh's lawyer charged that the DSCC "disseminated demonstrably false statements concerning Rush Limbaugh in a concerted effort to harm Mr. Limbaugh."

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After President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to act on new net neutrality rules, Congressional Republicans quickly voiced opposition, cementing the the regulations as a partisan issue.

"It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the Obama administration continues to disregard the people’s will and push for more mandates on our economy. An open, vibrant Internet is essential to a growing economy, and net neutrality is a textbook example of the kind of Washington regulations that destroy innovation and entrepreneurship," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in a statement Monday. "In the new Congress, Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme to regulate the Internet."

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Two Republican parties officials were behind the confusing automated phone calls to Chicago election judges ahead of the election, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The weekend before the election, multiple election judges received robocalls telling them that they needed to attend additional training in order to help with the Nov. 4 election. At least one robocall gave the judges instructions on voting.

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Conservative news site Breitbart on Saturday criticized President Obama's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, over her supposed involvement in the Whitewater corruption investigation.

There's just one hitch: the Loretta Lynch Obama nominated to his cabinet and the Loretta Lynch who served as one of Bill Clinton's defense attorneys during the Whitewater probe are two entirely different people, as Media Matters pointed out on Sunday.

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The same day that President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) signaled that it won't be an easy process.

"President Obama’s Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the voters," the senators said in a Saturday statement.

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