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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

President Obama and Bill Nye criticized members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed to climate change during a Friday interview in the Florida Everglades about the environment and science education.

Obama lamented "members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday addressed a comment he made at a Wednesday event that he would not have a problem if one of his daughters were gay and clarified that he still opposes same-sex marriage.

According to the New York Times, Cruz attended a Wednesday event hosted by prominent gay hoteliers and said, "If one of my daughters was gay, I would love them just as much." Following reports on the comment, media outlets speculated that the statement signaled a change in tone for Cruz.

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After President Obama singled out MSNBC for opposing the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific countries, one of the network's hosts, Ed Schultz, challenged Obama to a debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

During a speech at the Organizing for Action Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Obama mentioned opposition to the TPP and defended his support for the deal.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for the accidental killing of two hostages by a drone strike targeting al Qaeda operatives, claiming that the U.S. government could have prevented the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein.

Hunter alleged in a statement that the Pentagon had tried to secure Weinstein's release while negotiating to free Bowe Bergdahl. Hunter claimed that the State Department went ahead with the prisoner swap that led to Bergdahl's release without including Weinstein "due to infighting and disagreements among lead organizations."

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President Obama on Thursday said that he takes responsibility for all U.S. counterterrorism attacks, including the operation in January that killed two hostages, an American and an Italian.

"I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations," Obama said in a press conference addressing the deaths of the two hostages. "I profoundly regret what happened."

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During a Wednesday speech in the Florida Everglades urging the nation to act on climate change, President Obama took a subtle jab at Florida's alleged ban on the term "climate change."

"Simply refusing to say the words ‘climate change’ doesn’t mean that climate change isn’t happening," Obama said during the speech, according to the New York Times.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Wednesday took a jab at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his presidential run, declaring Paul to be the worst Republican on security issues.

"Sen. Paul is the worst possible candidate of the 20 or so that are running on the most important issue, which is national security," McCain told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "The record is very clear that he simply does not have an understanding about the needs and the threats of United States national security."

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In the wake of a poll last week showing low approval ratings for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a second poll released on Wednesday found Walker's approval rating slipping as well.

Just 41 percent of Wisconsin residents approved of Walker while 58 percent disapproved, according to a poll released by St. Norbert College, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

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