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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. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday called for the United States government to reassess certain refugees who are already in the country and search for potential terrorist threats, according to Buzzfeed News.

"There is no doubt we need a retroactive assessment of refugees who have been admitted into this country," Cruz told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa, according to Buzzfeed. “We need to systematically examine the national security threats, and I’ll tell you one of the greatest challenges with the Obama administration assessing security risks is the bizarre, the indefensible political correctness of refusing to acknowledge what it is we’re fighting."

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House conservatives tried to recruit retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for speaker of the House in 2014, the Republican presidential candidate told The Hill on Thursday.

"They were looking for an alternative, they were looking for someone strong and courageous who might really be able to add some spine and some backbone,” Carson told The Hill. "I was very flattered that there were several members that thought I’d fit the bill very well, but I think it played out correctly the way that it did."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday night dinged the National Rifle Association for its statement opposing President Obama's new executive orders regarding background checks, arguing that the government should conduct background checks on everyone who purchases guns.

"The NRA and gun owners should be reasonable. The FBI should background check anyone buying a firearm in America. That just makes sense," O'Reilly said on his show. "If you are paranoid and believe the government is stockpiling information so they can come to your house and take your guns, that's your problem, your problem. But the government has an obligation to enhance public safety."

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