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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

NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Sunday said that the release of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments points to just how much of an issue racism is today.

"Well, this is a problem. I did a little bit of research, more whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism. That's why we don't have — that why we have shows like Ghostbusters and don't have shows like Racistbuster," Abdul-Jabbar said on ABC's "This Week." "You know, it's something that's still part of our culture and people hold on to some of these ideas and practices just out of habit and saying that well that's the way it always was. But things have to change."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she didn't fully understand why Republican lawmakers have repeatedly harped on the attack in Benghazi.

"Benghazi is such a very sad event, more than an event — a tragedy. Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, we carry their names in our hearts, pray for their families. And for the exploitation of it to just be never-ending by the Republicans is really hard to understand," she said on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki" in an interview that aired Sunday.

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Vice President Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars as Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO's "Veep," go on an escapade through Washington, D.C. together in a video introducing President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday night.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) make cameos as Louis-Dreyfus and Biden plot to skip the Correspondent's dinner.

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A well-known "patriot" group leader and supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy stirred up a crowd this week by saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needed to be careful "unless you want your balls ripped off."

The gruesome language came after Reid called Bundy a "hateful racist" and described his supporters as "domestic terrorists."

Mike Vanderboegh, leader of a "patriot" group known as the Three Percenters, gave a speech at the Bundy ranch this week, during which he said that Reid was right that the fight between the Nevada rancher and the federal government was "not over," according to video published by Right Wing Watch.

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