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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. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Wednesday suggested that her disagreement with fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how best to prosecute sexual assault in the military has gotten outsized attention because of their gender.

"I'm a little upset that there's been so much attention to the fact that two women disagree on something," she said on MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner" when asked about their differing policy proposals. "I wonder if there would be so much attention if men disagreed?"

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Twelve years after he saved the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a few more fixes in mind.

"Why do governments spend so much?" he asked in a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday. "Public-sector inefficiency accounts for some of the gap, and corruption is surely to blame as well. But the big difference is that government personalities are promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money."

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MSNBC host Krystal Ball on Tuesday urged Hillary Clinton not to run for president in 2016 because she could keep Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) or "another real middle class champion" out of the race.

"I deeply respect Hillary Clinton. I think she's a great intellect with great fortitude," she said on MSNBC's "The Cycle." "But I've come to a difficult realization. I don't want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I do not think she's the right person for this moment."

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NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday voiced its opposition to President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the U.S. District Court in Georgia because of his stance on abortion.

"Michael Boggs actually believes that there is one definition of what it means to live your life as an American. The thing is, that’s anti-American," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "We cannot risk having someone like that on the bench when we know we have so many cases coming down the pike that will define the very fabric of who we are as a nation and we are not only a nation that supports diversity, but we’re actually a pro-choice nation."

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Longtime NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with cancer in August, NBC announced Tuesday.

Brokaw has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic for multiple myeloma, which affects the blood cells in bone marrow. Physicians are "very encouraged" with his progress so far, according to NBC.

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Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) on Monday compared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Nazi secret police while discussing the agency's data collection practices.

"So this is far more than the NSA, far more than their meta-data, which only collects phone numbers but not names — far more because they have no reauthorization, far more because there is no appropriation restrictions placed on it," he said during a House Rules Committee hearing, as recorded by Buzzfeed. "This is more than just NSA-style, this is more Gestapo-style collection of data on individual citizens who have no clue that this is happening."

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The owner of a Beaumont, Tex. gun shop on Tuesday explained why his employee was wearing a banana suit and an AK-47 to promote the store's grand opening this weekend.

"To help people know where the new spot is, we stuck a costume mask on him, pointing a sign toward the store. He happened to be open-carrying. It's not uncommon in Beaumont for people to be doing that," Derek Poe told TPM, explaining that multiple businesses in the area promote their stores with sign holders.

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