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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

Officials in Florida have been banned from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming" in official communications, according to a report published by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting on Sunday.

Former officials and employees from the state Department of Environmental Protection told FCIR that they were warned not to used the terms in their work after Gov. Rick Scott (R) took office in 2011.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday indicated that Republicans would pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. defaults on its national debt on March 15.

"I made it very clear after the November election that we're certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if Republicans would lift the debt ceiling.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said on Sunday that Hillary Clinton must publicly address the growing controversy over the recent revelation that she used a personal email account and server while she was secretary of state.

“She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, to be the next president. And I think that she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The silence is going to hurt her."

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"Saturday Night Live" tackled the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while she was secretary of state during its cold open on Saturday night.

"Those emails are as clean as a whistle. This is not how Hillary Clinton goes down," SNL's Clinton said.

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Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday after a plane he was flying crashed on a golf course in Mar Vista, Calif., according to reports from NBC News and TMZ.

According to NBC News, Ford was stabilized and taken to a local hospital for treatment. NBC reported that Ford was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital and that he was in "fair to moderate" condition. NBC did not have information on what caused the vintage World War II plane Ford was piloting to crash.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) got himself into some hot water after he suggested on Sunday that President Obama may demand that black criminals not be prosecuted, prompting Kobach to defend his comments on Thursday.

During a Sunday discussion on the Kris Kobach Show, a caller told Kobach that "word is going to come down that there just won't be any prosecutions of black criminals and I can see it happening."

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A Tennessee state Senate committee did not approve a funding extension for the state's Economic Council on Women after a Republican lawmaker wondered why there wasn't an equivalent for men, the Huffington Post reported.

The Tennessee legislature established the council in 1998, and the council has since conducted research on issues like employment practices, education, child care, and domestic violence.

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