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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

Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, complained on Sunday that Americans who don't know about the Benghazi scandal can vote.

In an interview with World Net Daily, Carson explained that the nation's founder intended for the government to depend "on a well-informed and educated populace," and in doing so lamented that Americans weren't focused on the right scandals.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) penned an op-ed for CNN on Sunday explaining why he pushing for the House to file a lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive actions.

"Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama," Boehner began in the op-ed. "But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who launched a strange, unsuccessful primary bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this year, warned this week that the Hobby Lobby ruling shows that "liberals seek to drag us back to Stone Age tribalism."

"Today is a great victory for religious freedom in America, which has been severely under attack by the anti-freedom Left and its special interest groups," Stockman said in a Monday statement. "It is ironic for the Left to scream no interference in a woman’s decision to obtain contraceptives, but then to argue the government should interfere in that decision to fulfill a supposed ‘inherent’ right to contraceptives."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday did not back down from his suggestion in June that President Obama may have been part of a conspiracy to let migrants from Central America enter the U.S. illegally.

"I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from," Perry said on ABC's "This Week" when host Martha Raddatz asked him if he really believes there is a "conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government."

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The mayor of Murietta, Calif., where protests forced Border Patrol to reroute buses of migrant families and children to a San Diego processing center, on Sunday defended his town's response to the overwhelming protests.

Mayor Alan Long distanced himself from the protests, explaining that the majority of protesters came from out of town and that police were not prepared for the volume of demonstrators.

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