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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

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday dismissed a question posed by CNN host Jake Tapper about whether a disagreement between two women senators would undermine a push to address sexual assault in the military.

"But is it complicated at all for your cause, the fact that your chief rival in this is a -- is a fellow Democratic woman senator?" Tapper asked Gillibrand on "The Lead" about Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) competing bill to address sexual assault in the military.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday defended his fellow Kentucky senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whose conservative record has been questioned by Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin.

"It's not like we're talking about Arlen Specter here," Paul told the Washington Post, referring to the former Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP to become a Democrat. "Senator McConnell has a longstanding conservative record and for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."

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Allison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate in the Kentucky Senate race, thinks her opponent Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a little stale.

"I think what people – not just Kentucky, but the nation – are seeing is that Mitch McConnell, kind of like heating a biscuit twice, never tastes good the second time, no matter how much jam or jelly you put on it," she told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. "That's my grandmother's saying, by the way."

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Ted Nugent's brother, Jeff Nugent, said he was offended when his brother called President Obama a "sub-human mongrel."

"I still love him, but this time he's clearly crossed a line," Jeff Nugent told the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday. "Being Ted's older brother, I have known him from birth and he hasn't changed much. He has always been provocative. This time, I am offended."

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said that "homosexual advocates" were bullying Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto a controversial anti-gay bill that's been described by some state Republicans as religious freedom legislation.

"Religious beliefs, as Allah knows, religious beliefs can't be used to stop anything the left wants to impose, unless they're Muslim religious beliefs, then we have to honor those," he said on his show. "But any other religious beliefs, not permitted, the left will not allow them."

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Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-KS) campaign on Monday criticized Tea Party challenger Dr. Milton Wolf for prioritizing profits over patients, citing a lawsuit against Wolf's practice, according to the Kansas City Star.

A former employee of Radiance Alliance sued the practice for allegedly creating an illegal "price-fixing scheme" for x-rays and other services that would raise prices and limit competition.

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