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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

After rejecting the suggestion that he supports exceptions for rape and incest in bans on abortion during the Thursday night Republican debate, Rubio on Friday morning reiterated that he does not support the exceptions.

"I think both of those instances are horrifying, and fortunately, they’re extremely rare. It happens, and any time it happens, it’s horrifying, it’s a tragedy," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "But I personally and honestly and deeply believe that all human life is worthy of protection, irrespective of the circumstances in which that human life was created. I personally believe that you do not correct one tragedy with another."

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After competing against each other in the B-listers' "happy hour" debate for the candidates who missed the cut for the main Fox News debate on Thursday night, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former New York Gov. George Pataki.

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Following the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night, Donald Trump lamented that the Fox News hosts were tough on him, especially Megyn Kelly.

"The questions to me were far tougher, and that I — supposedly, according to what everyone’s telling me, I won the debate, according to the call-ins and everything," he told reporters after the debate, according to Buzzfeed News. "But the questions to me were not nice, I didn’t think they were appropriate, and I think Megyn behaved very badly personally."

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Now that the South Carolina legislature voted to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says that lawmakers next need to remove the flag from The Citadel's Summerall Chapel.

"I think it’s a bad omen," Clyburn told reporters on Wednesday, according to Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier. "When the Legislature gets back here in January, they would do well in removing that flag, because it’s a ticking time bomb."

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The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday that it will hold six primary debates despite calls from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for more.

The first debate will be held on Oct. 13, and will be moderated by CNN. There will be four debates before the Iowa Caucuses in early February, followed by two additional debates in February or March that have yet to be scheduled.

"These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out of touch and out of date policies," DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a Thursday statement.

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After Jon Stewart's departure from "The Daily Show" this week, the show will donate Stewart's set to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the museum announced on Wednesday.

"We are thrilled to accept the donation of these artifacts to the Newseum collection," Cathy Trost, the museum's senior vice president of exhibits and programs, said in a statement. "They are part of America’s cultural and media history, telling an important story about how political satire and news as humor made ‘The Daily Show’ a trusted news source for a generation."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was investigated during a 2011 criminal probe into a real estate deal initiated while he was Milwaukee County Executive, according to court documents filed in federal court on Wednesday. The governor had previously denied that he was targeted in the investigation.

"I submit that there is probable cause to believe that Scott Walker, John Hiller and Andrew Jensen, in concert together, committed a felony, i.e., Misconduct in Public Office," investigator Robert Stelter wrote in a 2011 request for a search warrant, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton and another official to a contempt hearing over the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages following the June Supreme Court ruling, according to Dallas television station WFAA.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued the order in response to a legal action filed by Texas resident John Stone-Hoskins, who asked the court to hold Paxton in contempt after the state would not amend his spouse's death certificate to reflect that the two were married, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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