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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

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who has been under scrutiny after thousands of emails were released to the public last week, on Sunday would not address the documents and instead blamed the recent focus on the emails on Democratic operatives.

"We have our political operatives at the DNC and the DGA that desperately want to switch the subject from the fact of things like us taking a $3.6 billion budget deficit and turning it into a nearly billion dollar surplus," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "They don't want to talk about the improvement in the economy. They don't want to talk about the successes we've had in our state. Instead they desperately want to switch the subject -- a subject that's already been resolved."

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on Sunday said that President Obama needs to take a stronger stance on Ukraine and in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior of the Russians," she said on "Fox News Sunday." "And I believe the President needs to up his game and send a clear, unequivocal, public message to Putin not to interfere in what is happening in Ukraine and let the Ukrainian people determine their future."

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) on Thursday reminded Americans who wrote the Constitution.

"I think we got off that track when we allowed our government to become a secular government, when we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that He wrote the constitution, that's based on biblical principles," DeLay said when asked when people stopped doing good for others in the name of God on "The Difference," a talk show on Global Evangelical Television.

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New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) reportedly plagiarized from a 17-year-old high school student in Chicago and from the Los Angeles Times in a bill he introduced that would keep the state from housing killer whales in aquariums, according to the Times Union.

Ball lifted a paragraph from a blog post Donald Rapier wrote for the Huffington Post about "Blackfish," a CNN documentary about a killer whale at SeaWorld that killed an employee in 2010. Here's Rapier's paragraph that Ball's bill uses, though there is a typo in the bill:

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