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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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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted on Monday that he did not directly speak with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about holding Armed Services Committee hearings on whether soldiers should be able to carry concealed weapons on military bases.

On Monday evening, McCain mocked Cruz's claim that the two had spoken about the issue.

"I’d be glad to discuss the issue and see if we need a hearing, but it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing me," McCain said.

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One of the Parma, Mo., police officers who resigned just before the town's new mayor took office last week said that he was concerned the new mayor would interfere with his job.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published on Tuesday morning, Rich Medley, the former assistant police chief, said that he feared that he would not be able to work under Tyrus Byrd (pictured above on the right), the city's first black female mayor.

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Hillary Clinton on Monday jabbed Republican presidential candidates for spending so much time attacking her and not discussing the issues.

"I think it’s worth noting that Republicans seem to be talking only about me," Clinton said during a press conference following a roundtable event in New Hampshire, according to Politico. "I don’t know what they'd talk about if I weren't in the race."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday relentlessly mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Texas senator claimed that he had been pushing McCain to hold an Armed Services Committee hearing about Second Amendment rights on military bases.

“I was fascinated to hear that, since I haven’t heard a thing about it from him, nor has my staff heard from his staff," McCain told reporters, according to the Huffington Post.

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Ronnie Paul, Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) older brother, said recently that there's "no difference" between Rand and his father, Ron Paul, philosophically — just when it comes to "implementation."

Libertarian podcaster Israel Anderson asked Ronnie Paul if Rand and his father were the same, according to an audio recording highlighted by Buzzfeed News on Saturday.

Ronnie explained that the father and son have the same libertarian goal, but approach that goal differently.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is mulling a presidential run in 2016, on Monday morning criticized presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) views on foreign policy.

"He has a view of the world that I don't share. He said we shouldn't have any troops in Iraq. He agreed with Obama — that was a disaster," Graham said about Paul on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Generally speaking, he's been more wrong than right. He has an isolationist view of the world that I don't share. And I like him, but he's his father's son."

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As the first black female mayor of Parma, Mo., took office last week, five of the town's six police officers resigned, Missouri television station KFVS reported.

The new mayor, Tyrus Byrd (pictured above on the right), was sworn in on Tuesday evening. Former Mayor Randall Ramsey told KFVS that in addition to the five police officers, the city's attorney, clerk and water treatment plant supervisor resigned due to "safety concerns."

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday dismissed the idea that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) represents a new generation of candidates in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

ABC's "This Week" host Martha Raddatz asked McCaskill to respond to Rubio's statement that the election will be a "generational choice," referring to Hillary Clinton as a "leader from yesterday."

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Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday said that he doesn't believe that being gay is a choice, but he maintained that he does not support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Last week, Rubio said that he would attend the wedding of a friend or family member who is gay, and on Sunday CBS' "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer asked Rubio if he believes homosexuality is a choice.

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President Obama tore into Senate Republicans on Friday for delaying the confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next attorney general during a joint press conference with the Italian prime minister.

"We’ve actually seen some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress over the last couple of weeks," Obama said. "And yet what we still have is this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified ... has been now sitting there longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined."

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