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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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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday recalled his relationship with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the Senate floor shortly after the speaker announced that he would resign, noting that Boehner would be missed.

Reid said that he had many private meetings with Boehner in order to work out negotiations that "wouldn't have worked out very well in the public eye." Reid said that while he and Boehner often disagreed, the speaker "never, ever misled me."

"To say that I will miss John Boehner is a tremendous understatement. I looked out for him in ways that I could, and he looked out for me in the ways that he could. I will always consider John Boehner my friend, and I look forward to working with him until he leaves," the minority leader said.

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After House Speaker John Boehner announced on Friday that he would step down from his leadership role and resign from Congress at the end of October, conservatives who have long criticized him were quick to celebrate his decision to leave the House.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Boehner's nemesis in the Senate, seemed smug when commenting on the speaker's resignation on Friday.

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When asked about Pope Francis' focus on climate change and his call for members of congress to protect the environment, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the pontiff is "not a scientist."

During a campaign event in Virginia, a reporter asked Bush about the pope's support for President Obama's efforts to combat climate change, according to a video posted by Democratic group American Bridge and highlighted by the Huffington Post.

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The mayor of Lewiston, Maine, has called on the the state legislature to create a public online registry with the names and addresses of those on welfare in the state, as well as how long those individuals have been receiving benefits.

In a Thursday column in the Twin City Times, Mayor Robert Macdonald wrote that "the public has a right to know how its money is being spent." He said that he would submit a bill to the legislature that would create the registry.

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During a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that he would win over black voters with a hopeful message, not "free stuff," according to the Washington Post.

An audience member at the East Cooper Republican Women’s Club annual Shrimp Dinner asked Bush about black voters, "How are you going to include them and get them to vote for you?"

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After Pope Francis delivered his address to Congress on Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz highlighted the pontiff's comments on religious extremism, highlighting a comparison between his remarks and those previously made by President Obama.

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In his address to Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis called on lawmakers to be "courageous" and work to help the poor and the environment.

The pontiff mentioned his recent encyclical on the environment, noting that people must serve the "common good" as well as "the earth."

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Pope Francis on Thursday urged people to address immigrants and refugees as people, not merely a problem in his speech before Congress.

"Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities," he said.

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In his speech before Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis call on the world to combat violence and extremism, noting that every religion is susceptible to pockets of fundamentalism.

"Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind," he said.

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