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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

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tore into Obama administration foreign policy and the way Secretary of State John Kerry has dealt with escalated conflict between Israel and Hamas and how he responded to the downed Malaysian plane in eastern Ukraine.

"And as to Secretary Kerry, he gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" while discussing Israel's ground operation in Gaza. "It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape. America is the glue that holds the free world together. Leading from behind is not working."

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"Fox News Sunday" played a clip of a conversation Secretary of State John Kerry had with one of his aides about Israel before he went on air Sunday.

"While you were on camera and while on microphone, you just spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have either been shot or killed in an operation," host Chris Wallace said before playing the clip.

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that evidence gathered on activity in Ukraine before, during and after the Malaysian plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine points to pro-Russian separatists.

"It obviously points very clear finger at the separatists," Kerry said on CNN's "State of the Union" about evidence collected thus far about the plane.

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Rush Limbaugh is always quick to label news a convenient distraction from the real issue at hand, and the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crash on Thursday was no exception.

"I don't want appear to be callous here, folks, but you talk about an opportunity to abandon the Obama news at the border?" Limbaugh said on his radio show Thursday. "And, no, I'm not suggesting anything other than how the media operates."

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The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday rejected state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) petition filed against the Harrison County clerk in order to gain access to all election records from the U.S. Senate primary runoff.

McDaniel demanded "access to and full examination of all the original election materials," including poll books.

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Mississippi police have questioned a fifth person who may be connected to the break-in at the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) wife, according to the Madison County Journal.

Elaine Vechorik, who has been linked to state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign challenging Cochran, was originally considered as a suspect in the investigation and was questioned recently about her connection to the four men charged in the case.

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