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.

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Shortly after the Ten Commandments monument was removed from the state capitol grounds, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Tuesday called for state lawmakers to initiate an amendment to the state constitution that would allow the monument to return to the capitol.

"Moving forward, I believe the people of Oklahoma should have the opportunity to vote on a proposed constitutional change to ensure that historical monuments like this one are not pushed out of public spaces," she said, according to the Tulsa World. "I strongly encourage lawmakers to take up this issue in the next legislative session."

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) addressed his recent comments about the Benghazi committee again on Wednesday, urging people to "stop playing politics."

McCarthy last week touted the House Select Committee on Benghazi's success in hurting Hillary Clinton, prompting outcries from Democrats that the committee was formed for political reasons.

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As numerous Democrats have moved to discredit the House Select Committee on Benghazi after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) "gaffe," Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Wednesday morning filed an ethics complaint against McCarthy and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the Benghazi panel, Roll Call reported.

"This represents the new McCarthyism — the misuse of [official] funds for political purposes to vilify a political opponent," Grayson told Roll Call.

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, seemed dismayed when discussing House Majority Leaader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) recent comments about the Benghazi panel with the Washington Post.

"I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning," Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. "How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many times as a human can apologize. It doesn’t change it. It doesn’t fix it. The only thing you can say is, instead of listening to someone else’s words, why don’t you look at our actions?"

Last week, McCarthy boasted on Fox News that the Benghazi committee had been successful in damaging Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, forcing Republicans to defend the committee's work.

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Matt Drudge, founder of the Drudge Report, joined radio host Alex Jones for a rare interview on Tuesday during which he spoke about his latest conspiracy theory.

He said that the Obama administration began referring to the Islamic State as "ISIS" so that the group would be confused with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

"We never heard of ISIS until recently," Drudge told Jones. "Do you know it was designed to be confused with Darrell Issa?"

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning jumped to the defense of his fellow Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who was criticized on Tuesday for suggesting that shooting victims work together to confront a gunman.

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Following attacks on her during the last Republican presidential debate, Hillary Clinton sent a copy of her book, "Hard Choices," to all of the Republican presidential candidates except former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

"I’m trying to be a good fellow candidate and give them some help," Clinton said on Tuesday at a rally in Iowa about her decision to send the book to her rivals, according to Politico.

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During an interview on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Ben Carson to explain his recent comment that "Hitler" could "happen here" in the United States.

Carson first noted that he used Adolf Hitler and the Nazis as an example to get a rise out of liberals.

"I purposely said that because I knew the left wing would go crazy: 'He said Hitler!'" he said on "The View" before explaining his comment.

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Workers finally removed the Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma capitol grounds late Monday night after the state Supreme Court ruled in June that the state must get rid of the monument.

The monument was removed late at night in order to limit disruptions to employees at the state capitol and to keep protesters from interfering with the removal process, according to the Associated Press. The capitol also erected barricades earlier on Monday to protect the monument before its removal.

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