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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

Fox political analyst Brit Hume and Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) on Sunday argued over the Benghazi attack and the significance of the email from White House official Ben Rhodes, which was released this week.

"This was an intelligence failure, but it wasn’t a conspiracy," Harman said on "Fox News Sunday" about the way the administration handled the aftermath of the attack. "And there aren’t aliens in Area 51, and Vince Foster wasn't murdered. And it's time to move on, and focus on the real problems in Libya."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday defended the death penalty in his state after the botched execution in Oklahoma, during which Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after the lethal injection failed.

"I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure due process is addressed, and the process of the actual execution I will suggest to you is very different from Oklahoma. We only use one drug," Perry said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I'm confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate — and humane."

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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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