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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

Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, who has been criticized for his homophobic and anti-Muslim remarks, believes the GOP is being held hostage to "big money" donors who are following the "Devil's way."

Multiple U.S. representatives and members of the Republican Party called on Agema to resign earlier this year. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus did not ask Agema to resign, but said that the Michigan Republican's remarks are "patently wrong, lack merit and are devoid of any meaningful value."

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday said that he would not participate in Congressional consideration of Comcast's decision to buy Time Warner Cable because his brother helped orchestrate the deal, according to the Huffington Post.

Schumer, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, originally praised the deal on Thursday after he was assured by Comcast that the company would work to keep Time Warner jobs in New York state. But the LittleSis blog pointed out on Monday that his brother, Robert Schumer, worked on the deal as an attorney.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Monday asked a federal judge to uphold the state's ban on providing benefits to same-sex couples employed by local or state governments because it will save the state money, Michigan Live reported.

In June 2013, Judge David Lawson issued a preliminary injunction keeping the state from enforcing the ban and wrote in the order that the plaintiffs had a good chance of winning in federal court.

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Bob Costas will return as host of NBC's primetime Olympics coverage Monday night, now that he has recovered from a double pink eye infection, the network told The Wrap Sunday.

Costas called in Matt Lauer last Tuesday when his infection had spread to both eyes and was no longer able to anchor NBC's coverage in Sochi. Meredith Vieira filled in as anchor as well, and became the first woman to host NBC's primetime Olympics coverage, according to Mediaite.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has been outspoken about his opposition to immigration reform, on Saturday indicated that Republican leaders support immigration reform because large donors like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pushing them to.

"It seems as though there are some deep pockets outside the Congress and across the country that seem to be the only voices that line up with the Republican leadership in the House on immigration," he said on the Tea Party News Network's "The Capitol Hill Show."

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