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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 Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday responded to a comment conservative pundit Laura Ingraham made that Cantor should have been traded to the Taliban for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I will say that the suggestion that I should have been traded to the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl really is not a serious contribution to any public policy debate, and frankly, I don't think that it reflects on the people that self-identify as Tea Partyers. I think they reject that kind of notion," Cantor said on ABC's "This Week." "And it's just not serious. And frankly it cheapens the debate."

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) stance on immigration reform contributed to his primary loss.

“I think Democrats and others who try to read too much into this that isn’t there are making a big mistake that will be fatal to them in the fall,” Walden said on "Fox News Sunday," according to Politico. “I think [immigration] played a role. But again there were a lot of other issues in this race, as well.”

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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) on Sunday placed the blame for Congress' failure to pass immigration reform legislation on President Obama.

"I have come to believe that it is the president that is the largest opponent to immigration reform," the congressman said on "Fox News Sunday."

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Mitt Romney on Sunday slammed Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration's approach to foreign policy.

The former Massachusetts governor said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that most of the blame for the unrest in Iraq lies with the Iraqi government, but said that failed U.S. foreign policy contributed to the country's deterioration.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday said he would vote for Dave Brat, the Tea Partier who ousted him in last week's primary election

"I want a Republican to hold this seat, of course, of course. This is about making sure we have a strong Republican majority in the House, I'm hoping we'll take it in the Senate as well," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked by Dana Bash whether he would vote for Brat.

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After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking loss in Tuesday's primary, his pollster attributed the defeat to Democrats voting against Cantor in the primary in order to give their party's nominee a better chance in the general election.

While some Democratic voters did vote in the Republican primary, the New York Times' Nate Cohn wrote that based on the data, Democrats did not significantly contribute to Cantor's defeat.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday said that the language conservatives use to discuss immigration has kept the GOP from moving on immigration reform legislation.

“We’ve been somewhat trapped by rhetoric and words and amnesty is a word that’s trapped us,” Paul said during a call organized by immigration reform supporters, as recorded by the Wall Street Journal. “We’re trapped in a word that means different things to different people. … I really think that some of it is we’re trapped in this rhetoric and we have to get beyond that.”

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President Obama on Tuesday slammed the failure to curb gun violence in the United States.

"My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage," he said during a Tumblr Q&A.

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a piece by two academics arguing that women would be safer from sexual assaults if they themselves were married or had married fathers.

The Post originally published the piece in its "PostEverything" section with the headline, "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married" and the sub-headline, "The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies."

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