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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

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson lamented on Thursday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi's hearing with Hillary Clinton was useless.

"The hearings are a waste of time because everything about it is politicized and nothing is going to happen. There will be no scalp collection," Erickson wrote in a blog post. "In fact, it is clear from today’s hearing that Trey Gowdy and Peter Roskam seem to be the only two people on the committee of either party who are capable of asking exacting, precise questions. Most of the rest of the committee just wants to grandstand for the folks back home as either prosecutors of or defenders of Hillary Clinton."

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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee ended his long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee announced his decision on Friday morning at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

"As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace," Chafee said at the beginning of his speech.

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When asked on Thursday about his campaign's request for Secret Service protection, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he is in danger because progressives see him as an "existential threat."

During a radio interview on WABC, host Rita Cosby noted that the Carson campaign had requested a Secret Service detail and asked Carson about the threats he has received.

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, struggled on Thursday night to explain what new information the panel received from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony.

During a press conference after the 11-hour hearing with Clinton, a reporter asked Gowdy what new information he gathered.

"Uhh--" Gowdy said, pausing before launching into his response.

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The Republican and Democratic heads of the House Select Committee on Benghazi began shouting at each other on Thursday afternoon after Hillary Clinton was asked about her email exchanges with her longtime ally, Sidney Blumenthal.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chair of the committee, grilled Clinton about emails she received regarding Libya from Blumenthal, suggesting that he was one of her main sources of information on the region.

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The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. Special Forces aided Iraqi soldiers in rescuing hostages from an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq on Thursday morning.

During the rescue, one American soldier was wounded and later died, according to a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. Four Peshmerga soldiers were wounded.

"On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the U.S. service member who was killed in this operation," Cook said in the statement.

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While struggling to answer a question about his favorite Marvel superhero on Wednesday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the actress playing Supergirl on a new CBS show "looked pretty hot."

During the Libre Forum in Las Vegas, Bush was asked who his favorite Marvel superhero is, according to CNN.

"I like watching the movies. I wish I owned Marvel, as someone that believes in capitalism," he said in response.

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