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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.

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Niger Innis, a GOP candidate for the Nevada congressional district in which Cliven Bundy's ranch is located, on Saturday defended the anti-government rancher, who was abandoned by many conservatives after his comments about "the Negro."

During an Independent American Party event over the weekend, Innis gushed about the Bundys' hospitality when he paid them a visit to discuss land rights, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday.

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A GOP candidate for the Texas State Board of Education who fathered a child at age 16 said he opposes teaching students about contraception in schools, KERA News reported on Monday.

Eric Mahroum, who home-schools one of his two children, said that he thinks kids should be taught about sex at home and also supports displaying the Ten Commandments in school.

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A woman was accidentally shot in a Columbus, Ind. Wal-Mart on Saturday when a handgun slipped from a 56-year-old man's holster, according to The Republic.

Tony Ward told the police that his .22 caliber handgun, for which he had a permit, slipped from his waistband and accidentally discharged while he was shopping.

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After Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) last week said that states choosing not to defend their gay marriage bans in court will lead to "anarchy," a state LGBT leader is calling for an apology.

"For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws [they] will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy," Herbert said in a press conference last week after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) said he wouldn't appeal a court's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. "We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws."

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Vice President Joe Biden gave some useful advice on how to avoid "BFD" slip-ups on Monday.

Biden addressed participants, including some injured veterans, in the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a 325 mile bike ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach.

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A GOP Pennsylvania lawmaker said on Sunday that his fellow Republican, openly gay state Rep. Mike Fleck, should have stayed in the closet.

"A lot of people thought Mike was a homosexual," state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. told the Altoona Mirror newspaper about Fleck, as posted by the Raging Chicken Press blog. "If he had just gone about of his business and people thought he was a homosexual or heterosexual or whatever, there wouldn't be a problem."

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President Obama in a Sunday statement congratulated Ukraine for holding a presidential election.

Despite provocations and violence, millions of Ukrainians went to the polls throughout the country, and even in parts of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatist groups sought to disenfranchise entire regions, some courageous Ukrainians still were able to cast their ballots. We commend the resolve of all those who participated, as well as the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face of those threats.

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CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley on Sunday sat down with the chairs of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs oversight committees to quiz them on their role in letting Veterans Affairs backlogs go unnoticed.

"We added up the number of hearings together that the two of you have had since 2013, the beginning of the last session. It was well over 90," she said to Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), adding that the two committee chairs had 10 joint hearings.

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