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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

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday broke it to conservative Dr. Ben Carson that he doesn't really have a chance in becoming president.

"You say, and this is a quote, 'The likelihood is strong' that you will run for president in 2016. Do you really want to spend the next two years begging people for money, shaking hands, eating a lot of bad meals, when I think you would agree, at best you are a distinct long shot?" Wallace asked Carson.

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The Secret Service was slow to realize that shots were indeed fired at the White House in November 2011, resulting in a poorly-conducted investigation, according to an extensive Washington Post report published on Saturday.

According to the Post, when the gunman fired shots at the White House, the Secret Service rushed to respond. But agents were then told to "stand down" because the Service believed the noise came from a construction site.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday said that he thinks the U.S. may need more than airstrikes to defeat the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

"If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don't believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that," the Speaker said on ABC's "This Week." "At the end of the day, I think it's gonna take more than air strikes to drive them outta there. At some point somebody's boots have to be on the ground."

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Senate Republican, on Sunday said that the Senate must wait until the new Congress starts in January to vote on Eric Holder's replacement as attorney general.

"I do oppose any vote on a successor during the lame-duck session. If it happens, it would be the first time since the Civil War that we’ve had a vote on an attorney general in a lame-duck when parties switched," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

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Earlier this month an outfit called "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia" claimed on its Facebook page that it planned to show up at polling places this November — while armed — and intimidate Democratic voters who had signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker back in 2012. Media outlets, including TPM, picked up on the claims, and a local prosecutor reportedly began looking into the matter. But there are now claims that the whole thing was a hoax, leaving a murky picture of cautious election officials, skeptical observers, and weird Internet subcultures.

A Sept. 18 post on Politicus USA captured screenshots of a Facebook page titled "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia." The group said that members planned to show up at polling locations armed and ready to target Democrats in the "worst areas" of a few cities in southeastern Wisconsin who had signed Walker's recall petition or had outstanding warrants. They would follow those people from the polls and report them to the police. TPM picked up local newspaper reports on the Facebook group on Monday.

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