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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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) on Wednesday said that his Republican colleagues should pass an immigration bill that would give undocumented immigrants legal status in the United States.

“Why alienate a large voting bloc of American people?” he asked in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, explaining that immigration reform would be politically beneficial to the Republican Party.

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An employee from a window shield company sent an email to Connecticut education officials using a picture of shattered glass in Sandy Hook Elementary School after the 2012 shooting to promote its product, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday.

The email from Commercial Window Shield titled "Conn. Educators, towns move to secure school building glass," stated that "securing glass with shatter resistant window film will help keep out unwanted intruders." The film holds glass in place when it breaks.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said he wore a tie with a Santa Claus pattern to the State of the Union address on Tuesday because President Obama would be acting like the fictional character in his speech.

"Well I thought, I can't wear that. That's Santa Claus," Gohmert told conservative radio host Sean Hannity, his guest at the speech, describing the process of choosing a tie for the speech. "And then I realized, we're going to be listening to Santa Claus tonight promising whatever anybody wants they can have."

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Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Wednesday argued that women don't need Congress to address inequality in the workplace.

"Many women make exactly what they're worth," she said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "And they don’t want to be treated like some group of people who have to be, you know, given a little special handout just to make sure that they're okay."

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito hasn't been to a State of the Union Address since 2010 because he finds them "awkward," but this year during the speech Alito was signing a court order to stay the execution of Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on two petitions regarding Smulls' execution on Wednesday, and Alito temporarily delayed the execution in advance of the ruling, the Missouri Attorney General's office told the Associated Press.

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony on Tuesday, said that public officials and members of the media will not be the only ones expressing their disapproval of his actions.

"I'm sure my Italian mother is gonna be yelling at me saying, 'You weren't raised that way,' and she's right," he told reporters about his threat to NY1 reporter Michael Scotto.

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