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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

A Wisconsin Republican dropped out of the race for a seat on the state assembly on Tuesday after he admitted that he made offensive comments about gay and black people on social media, according to The Gazette.

Jacob Dorsey, a 19-year-old candidate challenging Democratic state Rep. Deb Kolste, apologized last week for referring to gay people as "fags" in a tweet.

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It was only a matter of time before someone at Fox News managed to use the controversy surrounding the NFL and the way it handles domestic violence cases to bring up the beloved Benghazi scandal.

On Tuesday, "Fox and Friends" host Elisabeth Hasselbeck lamented that more people seem to care about the way the NFL handled Ray Rice's domestic assault than care about the Benghazi attack.

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The Arizona Republican who said that women on welfare should be sterilized is not a fan of undocumented immigrants either.

Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R), who resigned as first vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party on Sunday, discussed Operation Wetback and undocumented immigrants with a caller on his radio show in June.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has proposed drug tests for recipients of food stamp and unemployment benefits, even though the requirement would violate federal law.

The governor, who is fending off Democratic challenger Mary Burke in a close re-election race, released a long proposal including plans for his next term.

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Sarah Palin's camp has finally weighed in on the Alaska birthday party brawl that put the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family back in the national spotlight this past week.

The website Real Clear Politics spoke to what it described as a "source close to the Palin family" who offered the Palins' side of the physical, bloody altercation that took place on Sept. 6 at a house in Anchorage. The article said the source's description "diverge[d] significantly" from what had been reported elsewhere, but the anonymous portrayal essentially confirmed the broad outlines of the fight, including that Sarah Palin herself was present and was shouting as it all went down.

On Friday, TPM published a detailed account of the brawl based on reports from several news outlets as well as our own reporting. Two named eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor at the party, including one who said he saw Palin's husband Todd, son Track, and daughter Bristol were involved in multiple melees with other party guests that night. One anonymous source said Sarah Palin was "nearly crawling on top of people" while screaming and shouting profanities.

The source who spoke to Real Clear Politics for its article on Saturday said, however, there were a few details the Palin family saw differently, including how the fighting began.

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