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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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A group of House Republicans plans to call for action on climate change in time for Pope Francis' visit to the Washington, D.C. next week, according to National Journal.

Rep. Chris Gib­son (R-NY) penned a resolution stating that human activity contributes to climate change and urged his fellow Republicans to sign on.

"This is a call for ac­tion to study how hu­mans are im­pact­ing our en­vir­on­ment and to look for con­sensus on areas where we can take ac­tion to mit­ig­ate the risks and bal­ance our im­pacts," he told National Journal.

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The political arm of the conservative group Club for Growth on Tuesday announced that the organization will spend a million dollars on ads in Iowa attacking Donald Trump as too liberal.

The first ad, "Politician," highlights Trump's "very liberal" record on tax policy and health care. The ad's narrator says, "He's really just playing us for chumps." The spot concludes by calling Trump "the worst kind of politician."

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It seems Donald Trump has not quite moved on from his tiff with Fox News over Megyn Kelly's line of questioning during the first Republican presidential debate.

During his Monday night rally in Dallas, the real estate mogul referenced his comment that Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" during the debate. The August remark had sparked a cold war between Trump and Fox News before chairman Roger Ailes and the presidential candidate cleared the air.

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Actress Emily Blunt recently joked that she questioned her decision to be come a United States citizen following the first Republican presidential debate.

"I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, 'This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'" she told The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto International Film Festival in an interview published on Monday.

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President Obama on Monday said that college students should not be protected from differing points of view and should not reject guest speakers with a different or conservative point of view.

During an education town hall in Iowa, an audience member asked Obama about Ben Carson's proposal that the Department of Education deny federal funding to colleges with "extreme political bias." Obama said he hadn't heard those comments.

"I have no idea what that means, and I suspect he doesn’t either," Obama responded.

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Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis declined an offer from the Oath Keepers, an anti-government group comprised of former law enforcement officials and military members, to protect her from arrest by federal authorities, the group announced on Friday.

"Upon request by Kim Davis’ legal team, Oath Keepers is canceling the planned security detail for Mrs. Davis in Morehead, Kentucky," the group's founder, Stewart Rhodes, said in a statement. "We will, of course, respect her wishes, and are hereby issuing a stand-down for our security volunteers who were planning on deploying to Morehead, Kentucky on Monday."

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A lawyer for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Monday said that her legal team will file a new lawsuit against Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), accusing him of failing to provide an accommodation for Davis.

Harry Mihet, a lawyer with the conservative Liberty Counsel, told reporters that Davis is happy to allow her deputy clerks to issue licenses to gay couples and "does not want to defy the orders of the federal court." But Mihet said she will not authorize the licenses herself.

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Red State editor Erick Erickson on Monday urged Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood despite signs from Republican Congressional leadership that shutting down the government over funding for the women's health clinics would only hurt the party.

"Children in the United States of America are being cut up and sold for scrap. That Republicans in Washington think they can excuse their way out of a fight says too much damning about them," Erickson wrote in a Monday morning post.

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After Donald Trump took a jab at Carly Fiorina's appearance, the super PAC supporting the former Hewlett Packard CEO's presidential bid turned Trump's comment on its head with a web video.

Trump had made a comment about Fiorina's appearance on his private jet with a writer for Rolling Stone. While watching the news, Fiorina appeared on the screen, prompting Trump to say, "Look at that face!" He later claimed that he was merely talking about Fiorina's "persona," a claim the writer of the article disputed.

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