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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

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on Sunday said that President Obama needs to take a stronger stance on Ukraine and in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior of the Russians," she said on "Fox News Sunday." "And I believe the President needs to up his game and send a clear, unequivocal, public message to Putin not to interfere in what is happening in Ukraine and let the Ukrainian people determine their future."

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) on Thursday reminded Americans who wrote the Constitution.

"I think we got off that track when we allowed our government to become a secular government, when we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that He wrote the constitution, that's based on biblical principles," DeLay said when asked when people stopped doing good for others in the name of God on "The Difference," a talk show on Global Evangelical Television.

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New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) reportedly plagiarized from a 17-year-old high school student in Chicago and from the Los Angeles Times in a bill he introduced that would keep the state from housing killer whales in aquariums, according to the Times Union.

Ball lifted a paragraph from a blog post Donald Rapier wrote for the Huffington Post about "Blackfish," a CNN documentary about a killer whale at SeaWorld that killed an employee in 2010. Here's Rapier's paragraph that Ball's bill uses, though there is a typo in the bill:

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George W. Bush doesn't really miss much from his time as president except for the first class travel.

"A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president," he said at a Wednesday event at the George W. Bush Institute, as recorded by Politico. "The answer's really no. I mean I miss the people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years, they never lost my baggage."

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Nine gay couples on Wednesday sued the state of Colorado for the right to marry and for recognition of same-sex marriage licenses issued out of state, Buzzfeed reported.

The couples sued two Democrats -- Gov. John Hickenlooper Jr. and Debra Johnson, the Denver city and county clerk and recorder.

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