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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.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that the United States should prepare to ramp up oil and gas exports to Europe in case supplies are intercepted in Ukraine.

"I would immediately get every obstacle out of the way for our export on oil and gas. And I would begin drilling in every possible conceivable place within our territories in order to have production that we can supply Europe with if it's interrupted from Ukraine," he said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked how he would approach the crisis in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will fly to the United States this week to discuss the situation with Russia in Crimea, media outlets reported Sunday.

"I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations," Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday, according to Reuters.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for trying to "stand in the schoolhouse door" and keep minority students from attending charter schools, an allusion to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

"We've got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools," Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as recorded by the Huffington Post.

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A Mobile, Ala. man was arrested on Wednesday after he tried to exact revenge against a family member he felt was responsible for the death of his 7-year-old stepson, who accidentally shot himself in the head, police told Alabama Media.

Kenneth Kendrick Sims was charged with second-degree assault after he injured three people while looking for the family member he believed left the gun in the home where his stepson accidentally shot himself, according to police.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Thursday said that the international community does not take Secretary of State John Kerry or the United States seriously.

"Without firing a single missile, President Reagan actually brought down the Soviet Union, and you've got right not a President who's you know, John Kerry's flying around and drinking merlot with people, and saying, 'Let's all be friends,' and they're laughing at us right now," he said.

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President Obama on Thursday reiterated that he would not use executive action to prevent further deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

"That already stretched my administrative capacity," he said at a town hall event about his order to stop deporting DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, according to a White House pool report.

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Boston Public Schools will replace free condoms donated to the school system after parents raised concerns over the messages on the wrappers, according to the Boston Globe.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health donated 40,000 condoms after Boston decided to provide free contraception in all public high schools, but the wrappers feature phrases like "hump one," "one lucky lady" and "tasty one," which concerned parents.

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