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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

When asked about his stance on same-sex marriage on Thursday, the leading Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat from Washington compared gay marriage to polygamy.

"Marriage is something more for religion to decide. Is this marriage or not? Polygamy – is it fine or not? It’s a religion thing," Pedro Celis said during a GOP candidate forum, according to the Seattle Times.

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A Camden County, N.J. detective accidentally shot himself in the leg while using the bathroom in his office, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The detective was either seated or about to sit when the gun went off, Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office, told the Inquirer. His gun was out of the holster at the time.

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When the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decided to drop George Will after his offensive column on sexual assault victims, the paper was criticized by some for stifling certain viewpoints.

The paper's editorial page editor, Tony Messenger, on Sunday defended his decision to axe the column. He said that the column "victimized women" and that he wishes the paper hadn't published it in the first place.

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Hillary Clinton defended her personal wealth and how it might impact a potential presidential run in 2016, after coming under fire for comments she made during her "Hard Choices" book tour.

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington asked Clinton how her financial status could impact her ability to discuss income inequality.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asserted on Sunday that the U.S. did not help the Middle East by getting involved in the region's affairs and wars.

"Look at Libya. We went into Libya and we got rid of that terrible Gadhafi. Now it is a jihadist wonderland over there. There's jihadists everywhere," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "If we were to get rid of Assad, it would be a jihadist wonderland in Syria. It's now a jihadist wonderland in Iraq, precisely because we got overinvolved, not because we had too little involvement, but too much involvement."

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The chairman of the Texas Republican Party, Steve Munisteri, on Thursday voiced opposition to his party's decision to include an endorsement of gay reparative therapy in the platform.

"And I just make the point for anybody that thinks that may be the possibility: Do they think they can take a straight person to go to see a psychiatrist and turn them gay?" he asked on Texas Public Radio.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House GOP Whip who was elected this week as the new House Majority Leader, on Sunday said that President Obama is not the biggest problem Republicans face when negotiating on legislation.

"The challenge has been Harry Reid," McCarthy said on "Fox News Sunday," blaming gridlock in Congress on the Democratic Senate Majority Leader.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday said that President Obama is not to blame for the current situation in Iraq, and instead pointed to Iraq War architects like former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"They didn’t really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out," Paul said of Iraq War supporters in an interview with NBC News. "And what’s going on now — I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East."

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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday apologized for comments he made during an interview with National Journal, presumably ones about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

"I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard," Schweitzer wrote in a Facebook post.

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