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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

As Pope Francis' trip to Washington, D.C. has prompted numerous conservatives to lament the pontiff's call to address climate change, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said on Tuesday that he's sick of hearing about the pope's take on certain issues.

Inhofe noted the Catholic Church's position on abortion and questioned the pro-choice Democratic members of congress who have praised the pope's take on income inequality and climate change.

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As Pope Francis arrived in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised the pontiff's focus on income inequality and climate change, calling the Catholic leader "courageous."

"He is dealing with issues that very few people in Congress are prepared to deal with. He is talking about the morality of whether so few should have so much and so many should have so little," Sanders told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Tuesday evening.

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Donald Trump continued to defend his failure to correct a town hall audience member who said President Obama is a Muslim, arguing in an interview with CBS that it's not clear whether the man who asked the question was a "bigot."

In an interview for "60 Minutes" set to air in full on Sunday, CBS News' Scott Pelley asked Trump what his decision not to call out a supporter who said that Muslims are a "problem in this country" says about the real estate mogul.

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Conservative Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week urged Pope Francis to steer away from the "politics" of climate change and income inequality during his Thursday address to Congress, and instead focus on issues King deems more appropriate for the Catholic church: abortion and marriage.

In an interview with Politico published on Tuesday, King lamented the Pope’s comments on the earth, noting that he does not believe “there's a definitive science that has concluded that mankind has turned the earth's thermostat up.”

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When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced on Monday that he was suspending his presidential campaign, he urged other candidates to join him in clearing the primary field. On Tuesday, Laura Ingraham's website, Lifezette, listed six candidates who should follow Walker's lead.

Lifezette's Joseph Curl first suggested that both former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and former New York Gov. George Pataki leave the race since both haven't really registered in the polls or gotten much attention.

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Donald Trump targeted Bill O'Reilly with a series of tweets Monday night criticizing the Fox News host for bringing on guests critical of Trump, including Fox contributors Charles Krauthammer and Brit Hume.

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Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, spoke to ABC News on Monday about the criticism she has faced and why she will continue to oppose same-sex marriage.

ABC's Paula Faris asked Davis who she considers her boss: her constituents, God, or the federal government.

"Well, my constituents elected me, but the main authority that rules my life is the Lord," Davis responded.

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Ben Carson on Monday night continued to defend his comment that he would not support a Muslim presidential candidate, slamming his fellow Republicans for criticizing his point of view.

"I was immediately attacked by some of my Republican peers and nearly every Democrat alive. Know this, I meant exactly what I said. I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant (sic) of Islam: Sharia Law," he wrote in a Facebook post.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday condemned Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's "disgusting" statement that he would not support a Muslim presidential candidate.

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Budget expert Stan Collender calculates that there is a 75 percent change that the federal government will shut down at the end of the month.

Collender, an executive vice president at Qorvis MSL Group, wrote in Politico Magazine on Sunday that there's not enough time in the Congressional calendar to pass a full budget and that congressional Republicans' push to defund Planned Parenthood will make even a temporary funding measure difficult to negotiate.

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