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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

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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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected to replace Rep. Eric Cantor as Majority Leader on Thursday, a Republican leadership aide told TPM outside the room.

There was a round of applause inside the room as the results were announced.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a Benghazi cover-up by placing some blame for the attack on an anti-Islamic video made in America.

"I think she understands how culpable she is, and she understands exactly her dereliction of duty that really results in the death of four Americans," Johnson said of Clinton on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday tore into Fox News' hypocrisy over the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

"Yes, we must bring those responsible for Benghazi to justice. Sadly, Hillary Clinton remains at large," he said on "The Colbert Report" after playing clips of Fox News hosts calling for the Obama administration to arrest a suspect.

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