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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

President Barack Obama's approval ratings have taken a hit in another national poll.

In a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, 39 percent of voters said they approved of the job Obama is doing, a new low for that survey, while 54 percent said they disapproved. 

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Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen defended his column centered on the Tea Party on Tuesday, in which he claimed that those with "conventional views must repress a gag reflex" when they encounter biracial couples such as newly-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray. 

"I didn't write one line, I wrote a column," he told the Huffington Post in an interview. "The column is about Tea Party extremism and I was not expressing my views, I was expressing the views of what I think some people in the Tea Party held."

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More than three quarters of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage, according to a Gallup Poll released Monday.

Seventy-six percent said the minimum wage should be raised to $9 per hour, a five point jump from March. A law that would raise the minimum wage and tie future minimum wage increases to inflation got slightly less support at 69 percent.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attempted on Monday to explain her alternative proposal for Obamacare on the "Today Show."

When asked by Matt Lauer about her alternative plan, Palin gave a rambling answer that echoed her infamous 2008 interview with Katie Couric, in which the former Republican vice presidential nominee awkwardly struggled to name a newspaper or magazine she often read.

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A volunteer group in Boston has recruited former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as an adviser for a possible 2024 Summer Olympic bid, the Boston Globe reported.

"Boston would be a fantastic place for the summer Games," Romney, who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, told the Globe Saturday. "It would be a marvelous community-building experience for Boston, and I think the people who would enjoy the games with or without tickets would say it was one of the best experiences of their life."

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