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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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asserted on Sunday that the U.S. did not help the Middle East by getting involved in the region's affairs and wars.

"Look at Libya. We went into Libya and we got rid of that terrible Gadhafi. Now it is a jihadist wonderland over there. There's jihadists everywhere," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "If we were to get rid of Assad, it would be a jihadist wonderland in Syria. It's now a jihadist wonderland in Iraq, precisely because we got overinvolved, not because we had too little involvement, but too much involvement."

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The chairman of the Texas Republican Party, Steve Munisteri, on Thursday voiced opposition to his party's decision to include an endorsement of gay reparative therapy in the platform.

"And I just make the point for anybody that thinks that may be the possibility: Do they think they can take a straight person to go to see a psychiatrist and turn them gay?" he asked on Texas Public Radio.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House GOP Whip who was elected this week as the new House Majority Leader, on Sunday said that President Obama is not the biggest problem Republicans face when negotiating on legislation.

"The challenge has been Harry Reid," McCarthy said on "Fox News Sunday," blaming gridlock in Congress on the Democratic Senate Majority Leader.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday said that President Obama is not to blame for the current situation in Iraq, and instead pointed to Iraq War architects like former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"They didn’t really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out," Paul said of Iraq War supporters in an interview with NBC News. "And what’s going on now — I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East."

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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday apologized for comments he made during an interview with National Journal, presumably ones about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

"I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard," Schweitzer wrote in a Facebook post.

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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected to replace Rep. Eric Cantor as Majority Leader on Thursday, a Republican leadership aide told TPM outside the room.

There was a round of applause inside the room as the results were announced.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a Benghazi cover-up by placing some blame for the attack on an anti-Islamic video made in America.

"I think she understands how culpable she is, and she understands exactly her dereliction of duty that really results in the death of four Americans," Johnson said of Clinton on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

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