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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

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) stepped down from the House Financial Services Committee on Monday, after he was indicted on multiple fraud charges.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Grimm requested that he be removed from the committee. Grimm writes that he would like to take up an active role on the committee again after his legal matters are resolved.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested on Monday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is at least partially his girlfriend's fault.

"And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism," Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a blog post for Time. "Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing 'pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.' She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee."

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is only news because he didn't contribute enough to President Barack Obama's campaign.

"This is not news to anybody who has known of this guy," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "This guy is a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble is because he did not give enough money to Obama."

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Conservative pundit Bill Kristol on Sunday suggested that people have overreacted to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments.

"The deeds matter more than speech. I do think -- look, it's bad," Kristol said on ABC's "This Week" about Sterling and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. "Both these people seem to be bigoted and foolish and all that. I don't think the L.A. Clippers are a bigoted organization, however, they don't -- you know, there's no evidence of that, obviously."

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says she wouldn't be afraid to torture terrorists if she were president.

"C'mon! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America, they would obviously have information on plots. They carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them. Can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen," Palin said on Saturday during a speech at the National Rifle Association's "Stand And Fight" rally. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the No. 4 Republican in the House, admitted that Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite House Republicans' 50 votes to repeal the law.

"We need to look at reforming the exchanges," she told the Spokesman-Review in an interview published Friday. She said that Republicans probably won't be able to fully repeal the law, and should instead focus on other reforms within the current structure of Obamacare.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks.

"Well in our country, we have a First Amendment, which allows ignorant racists to say whatever they want to say. However, I hope the NBA takes swift action against this man," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked what could be done about Sterling's comments. "I can’t imagine how it must feel to be one of the African-Americans playing on his team, how they must feel today, knowing that the owner of the team is obviously such an ignorant racist."

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