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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

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) on Monday defended former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) portrayal in a Saturday Night Live sketch from 2008 that poked fun at Palin's foreign policy views concerning Russia.

"There’s many in the United States that actually believe Sarah Palin said, 'and I can see Russia from my house,'" Gohmert said on the House floor. "It was a very clever sketch, it was funny. I laughed when I saw it. But I also knew how intelligent and what a great leader and Governor Sarah Palin had been and what a great leader she is."

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Minnesota state Rep. Andrea Kieffer (R) last week said that legislation to address equal pay and sick leave does not actually help women in the workplace, the Huffington Post reported.

"We heard several bills last week about women's issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time," Kieffer said at a hearing on a bill to address the gender pay gap, according to an audio recording posted by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. "We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners."

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The executive director of the Texas Republican Party on Monday evening argued that rather than seeking legal recourse on equal pay, women should learn to better negotiate their salaries.

"Men are better negotiators, and I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators," Beth Cubriel said on YNN's "Capitol Tonight."

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Charles Murray, the social scientist cited by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) last week in his comments about the inner city "culture problem" of men not wanting to work, on Monday responded to allegations that he has drawn racist conclusions in his works about poverty in America.

Murray defended his book "The Bell Curve," the piece many criticize as racist for suggesting that African-Americans are less intelligent than white Americans due to genetic differences.

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The chair of the Florida Democratic Party filed a complaint last week claiming that Gov. Rick Scott's (R) campaign broke campaign finance laws by shifting funds between two accounts, according to the Associated Press.

Allison Tant, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, wrote in the complaint that Scott and his political committee, Let's Get To Work, transferred $27.4 million from one type of account to a different one.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday said that the sanctions against Russia announced by the Obama administration were not enough to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine.

"Beyond sanctions and aid to Ukraine, the most important thing we could be doing right now, with respect to Russia, is installing anti-ballistic missiles in Eastern Europe," Cruz told the Washington Post. "Look, I’m encouraged the sanctions are moving forward, and I hope they can be implemented quickly, before Russian officials can move their assets. ... Any sign of admonition is encouraging. But it is not enough."

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Former President Bill Clinton this weekend opined on Russian President Vladimir Putin, contending that at the very least Putin is clear about his motives.

"The one thing I will say about him: He was always pretty transparent. He never pretended to be anyone he wasn't," Clinton said about the Russian leader at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, according to the Washington Post.

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