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

Former Republican presidential candidate and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Monday took a hit at Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the House Oversight Committee chairman who recently announced that he will run for speaker against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has leveraged House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) recent comments about the Select Committee on Benghazi into a television ad attacking Republicans.

A 30-second ad released by the campaign on Monday night begins by saying, "The Republicans finally admit it."

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Erick Erickson will transition out as editor of RedState, the conservative website he founded, and has named Leon Wolf, a writer for the site, as managing editor of RedState, the Huffington Post reported on Monday.

Erickson's departure comes after RedState was acquired by Salem Communications, a group that manages conservative talk radio shows and owns media entities like Twitchy. As the Huffington Post noted, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Erickson may leave RedState to focus on his radio work with Salem's competitor, Cox Radio Group.

The Huffington Post obtained a memo from Jonathan Garthwaite, vice president and general manager of Townhall Media, a conservative site owned by Salem.

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Noting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) comment last week about the Benghazi committee's political success, Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday circumvented Republicans on the panel to release details from one of the committee's private interviews with a former aide to Hillary Clinton.

"On September 29, 2015, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted during a nationally televised interview on Fox News that House Republicans created the Benghazi Select Committee from the very beginning to wage a taxpayer-funded political campaign against Hillary Clinton’s bid for president. Obviously, this is an unethical abuse of millions of taxpayer dollars and a crass assault on the memories of the four Americans who were killed in Benghazi," the Democrats began in a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the select committee, referencing the majority leader's statements last week.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced over the weekend that he will run for speaker of the House, said on Monday morning that he would make a better speaker than House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) because he is better at television interviews.

When asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about McCarthy's controversial comment last week that the Select Committee on Benghazi had been successful in hurting Hillary Clinton politically, Chaffetz took a softer tone. Last week, Chaffetz hit slammed McCarthy's statement as "inappropriate" and "inaccurate," calling on the majority leader to apologize. But on Monday he suggested that McCarthy should be forgiven.

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Dianna Duran, New Mexico's Republican secretary of state, was charged with identity theft on Friday, after previously being charged with 64 crimes related to fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Duran (pictured above on the right) has been accused of using her campaign funds for personal expenses at casinos and jewelry stores. The latest criminal complaint from the New Mexico attorney general's office alleges that Duran forged the signature of a former state senator on her campaign finance reports, according to the LA Times. She claimed that former New Mexico state Sen. Don Kidd (R) was her campaign's treasurer, but Kidd denies that he was part of her campaigns, according to the LA Times.

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Jeb Bush's campaign is considering giving former President George W. Bush a bigger role on the trail in South Carolina as the campaign looks to give the former Florida governor a boost in the key primary state of South Carolina, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

According to the Times, campaign advisers in South Carolina have asked for George W. Bush to visit South Carolina in a more public capacity -- the former president has only appeared at private fundraisers so far. The campaign must decided whether the boost from George W. Bush's popularity in the state would be worth risking painting Jeb as a legacy and opening him up to more attacks from Democrats.

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This post has been updated.

Rep. Jason Caffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is preparing to launch a bid for house speaker against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), according to a Politico report.

Chaffetz recently heavily criticized McCarthy, the current favorite in the speaker election, for comments the majority leader made about the Benghazi committee. McCarthy boasted in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has been successful in hurting Hillary Clinton politically.

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The Jefferson County, Colorado, school district found that a charter school in the county broke district policy by sending an email to parents with information about the upcoming recall election and the board's past support for charter schools.

Three conservative members of the Jefferson County school board face recall elections in November after parents were concerned about the members' proposals on school choice and efforts to ensure the AP U.S. History course emphasized the "positive aspects of the United States and its heritage."

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