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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

Charles Murray, the social scientist cited by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) last week in his comments about the inner city "culture problem" of men not wanting to work, on Monday responded to allegations that he has drawn racist conclusions in his works about poverty in America.

Murray defended his book "The Bell Curve," the piece many criticize as racist for suggesting that African-Americans are less intelligent than white Americans due to genetic differences.

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The chair of the Florida Democratic Party filed a complaint last week claiming that Gov. Rick Scott's (R) campaign broke campaign finance laws by shifting funds between two accounts, according to the Associated Press.

Allison Tant, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, wrote in the complaint that Scott and his political committee, Let's Get To Work, transferred $27.4 million from one type of account to a different one.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday said that the sanctions against Russia announced by the Obama administration were not enough to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine.

"Beyond sanctions and aid to Ukraine, the most important thing we could be doing right now, with respect to Russia, is installing anti-ballistic missiles in Eastern Europe," Cruz told the Washington Post. "Look, I’m encouraged the sanctions are moving forward, and I hope they can be implemented quickly, before Russian officials can move their assets. ... Any sign of admonition is encouraging. But it is not enough."

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Former President Bill Clinton this weekend opined on Russian President Vladimir Putin, contending that at the very least Putin is clear about his motives.

"The one thing I will say about him: He was always pretty transparent. He never pretended to be anyone he wasn't," Clinton said about the Russian leader at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, according to the Washington Post.

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Bill Maher on Sunday questioned why most GOP voters elect Republican politicians.

"I understand why the one percent — the richest one percent — vote Republican. They deserve those votes. You know what, they represent the richest one percent perfectly," Maher said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that aired Sunday. "Anybody else who does? Just corporate America’s useful idiots."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under President George W. Bush, on Saturday urged the Republican party to be more inclusive.

"We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy," Rice said about immigration policy at the annual California Republican convention, according to Reuters. "We cannot abandon them ... We were once them."

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