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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

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday admitted that House Republicans' last minute attempts to keep the Department of Homeland Security open on Friday night were "messy."

After many House Republicans refused to pass a bill to fund DHS for three weeks that did not address President Obama's actions on immigration, House Democrats and Republicans voted for a bill to fund the department for one week.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Sunday insisted that he did not mean to compare union protesters to the Islamic State this week.

After his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an audience member asked Walker how he would address threats like ISIL if he were president.

"If I can take on a hundred thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world," Walker responded, referring to union protesters in Wisconsin.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference arguing that since he could take on union protesters, he could address the Islamic State.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is not happy with the Republicans who defied House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and refused to vote for a bill on Friday that did not address President Obama's executive actions on immigration and would have funded the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks.

"I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative Members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness," Nunes told National Journal in an interview published Saturday. "While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other Members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards."

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The Wyoming legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would allow the state board of education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards, which acknowledge man-made climate change.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Matt Mead's (R) desk, reverses the legislature's budget amendment in 2014 that blocked the board from adopting the standards. Wyoming lawmakers originally opposed the standards because they acknowledge climate change and may have limited state control over education standards.

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Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

"Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance," reads a note on Mack's personal website.

Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. Mack is on the board of Oath Keepers, a right-wing fringe group made up of police and military veterans, and is known for supporting Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the federal government. He is also an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday said that the U.S. has a "responsibility" to insist that those who immigrate to America "assimilate" and "integrate."

"There is nothing wrong with saying, 'If you want to come to America, you should want to be an American,'" he said in a speech to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C. "There is nothing wrong with saying that English is our language, and we’re going to teach American exceptionalism to our children in civics."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said that his experience with protests over his law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees has prepared him to confront terrorists.

After his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an audience member asked Walker how he would deal with threats like the Islamic State if he were president.

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