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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

Twelve years after he saved the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a few more fixes in mind.

"Why do governments spend so much?" he asked in a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday. "Public-sector inefficiency accounts for some of the gap, and corruption is surely to blame as well. But the big difference is that government personalities are promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money."

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MSNBC host Krystal Ball on Tuesday urged Hillary Clinton not to run for president in 2016 because she could keep Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) or "another real middle class champion" out of the race.

"I deeply respect Hillary Clinton. I think she's a great intellect with great fortitude," she said on MSNBC's "The Cycle." "But I've come to a difficult realization. I don't want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I do not think she's the right person for this moment."

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NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday voiced its opposition to President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the U.S. District Court in Georgia because of his stance on abortion.

"Michael Boggs actually believes that there is one definition of what it means to live your life as an American. The thing is, that’s anti-American," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "We cannot risk having someone like that on the bench when we know we have so many cases coming down the pike that will define the very fabric of who we are as a nation and we are not only a nation that supports diversity, but we’re actually a pro-choice nation."

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Longtime NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with cancer in August, NBC announced Tuesday.

Brokaw has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic for multiple myeloma, which affects the blood cells in bone marrow. Physicians are "very encouraged" with his progress so far, according to NBC.

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Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) on Monday compared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Nazi secret police while discussing the agency's data collection practices.

"So this is far more than the NSA, far more than their meta-data, which only collects phone numbers but not names — far more because they have no reauthorization, far more because there is no appropriation restrictions placed on it," he said during a House Rules Committee hearing, as recorded by Buzzfeed. "This is more than just NSA-style, this is more Gestapo-style collection of data on individual citizens who have no clue that this is happening."

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The owner of a Beaumont, Tex. gun shop on Tuesday explained why his employee was wearing a banana suit and an AK-47 to promote the store's grand opening this weekend.

"To help people know where the new spot is, we stuck a costume mask on him, pointing a sign toward the store. He happened to be open-carrying. It's not uncommon in Beaumont for people to be doing that," Derek Poe told TPM, explaining that multiple businesses in the area promote their stores with sign holders.

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The founder of the conservative Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday criticized NBC reporter and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell for not giving enough credit to the website for publishing excerpts from documents about Hillary Clinton.

“The piece wasn’t anti-Clinton, and our website isn’t anti-Clinton, but occasionally the facts are anti-Clinton–and when they are we report them. In this case, some of the documents showed Hillary as ruthless and calculating and vindictive, others showed her in quite a sympathetic light," the Free Beacon's Michael Goldfarb told the Daily Caller.

"It’s a shame that Mitchell couldn’t be more graceful in crediting our reporter Alana Goodman for her impressive work, but given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it," he added. "You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding."

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday called on states to repeal laws that prohibit convicted felons from voting after they have served out their sentences.

"By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," he said during a speech at an event organized by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, as recorded by the Huffington Post. "They undermine the reentry process and defy the principles of accountability and rehabilitation that guide our criminal justice policies. And however well-intentioned current advocates of felony disenfranchisement may be, the reality is that these measures are, at best, profoundly outdated."

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