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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.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday said that lawmakers and the media should move past the controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, noting that the governor has "held people accountable."

"It's time to move on," he said during a Thursday press conference. "I think the governor made clear that mistakes were made."

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Wednesday argued that preventing abortions will boost the economy by creating more jobs.

"I would suggest that it is very much the case that those of us in the majority support this legislation because it is the morally right thing to do, but it is also very very true that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation," Goodlatte said, as recorded by the Huffington Post. "It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children."

The Virginia Republican made the remarks while discussing a bill that limits tax benefits granted to individuals and small businesses with health insurance plans that cover abortions.

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Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates on Wednesday said it was a "serious mistake" for President Obama to draw a "red line" on the Syrian conflict last year, declaring chemical weapons use as the point at which the U.S. would intervene in the conflict.

"I always used to say to presidents, 'If you cock the pistol, you gotta be willing to fire it,'" Gates told the Wall Street Journal.

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The Idaho legislature's House Revenue and Taxation Committee decided on Tuesday that same-sex couples who reside in the state must file separate tax returns, the Associated Press reported.

The committee decided that because the state constitution bans same-sex marriage, couples must file separate state returns, even though the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act allows same-sex couples to file joint federal tax returns.

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Wednesday defended the way the network handled the recent controversies surrounding three of its anchors: Martin Bashir, Alec Baldwin and Melissa Harris-Perry.

"These were judgment calls made by some of our people," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "We quickly took responsibility for them and took action. They were unfortunate, but I'm not going to allow these specific moments of lack of judgment to define us."

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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), the lawmaker leading the state probe into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, on Tuesday alleged that Gov. Chris Christie may have broken campaign finance laws by starring in tourism ads paid for with federal Sandy relief funds.

"When the governor is running for reelection, to use his image relentlessly in those ads, borders on at least a campaign law violation," he said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.

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Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) on Tuesday filed a petition to create a constitutional amendment that would keep the state from running its own health insurance exchange, according to the Associated Press.

The proposal, titled the Healthcare Freedom Protection Act, would need 101,000 signatures by June 17 in order to make it onto the ballot. It would then go to a vote in Nov. 2014 and again in 2016.

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