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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

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) this week requested materials on recount procedures, signaling that she might be gearing up for a recount request in the Iowa Senate race against Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA).

Ernst filed open records requests in multiple counties for training materials, satellite voting locations, names of ballot counters, recount procedures and any thing also sent to Braley, The Gazette reported.

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Slate's "Dear Prudence" on Thursday ran a letter from an advice-seeker identified as a whiny suburban homeowner who is incredibly concerned that poor kids are going to ruin Halloween in the cul-de-sac.

The individual, identified as "Halloween for the 99 Percent," asked Prudence for permission to be entirely peeved that people see "one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country" as a destination for the best trick-or-treating.

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President Obama on Wednesday expressed concern about the shootings in Ottawa, Canada and said that the U.S. is working with Canada to determine whether the shootings were a terrorist attack.

"Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on the behalf of the American people, our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole," Obama said during brief remarks at the White House.

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