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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

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman (R), the only other Republican woman to ever give the State of the Union response, shed some light on the GOP's decision to tap House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to give the party's rebuttal to the speech on Tuesday.

"It's hard for me to phrase this politely. Sometimes Republicans think that just putting a woman up front means somehow that women are going to feel good about the party. It is not about the messenger. It's about the message," she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Tuesday.

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday offered a candid take about his failed 2012 bid for the White House.

"Frankly the biggest problem in my campaign was me and my campaign," he said on Fox News when asked if the new documentary "Mitt" could have bolstered his image with the electorate. "We made enough mistakes that we take responsibility, I take responsibility for those mistakes, and I wish we could go back and make it better, but time moves on."

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Conservative radio host Sean Hannity on Monday proposed that women create an "adopt-a-woman" program to provide birth control to those who cannot afford it, while discussing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) comments last week that the government should not help women who can't control "their libido or their reproductive system."

"Why should Americans be paying the nine dollars a month for birth control pills that you can get at Walmart?" Hannity asked a female caller on his radio show. "Why should especially Catholics, and people of faith, and Christians and people of other faiths that this is against their religious teachings, and condoms are relatively inexpensive."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained to a Kentucky fourth grader on Sunday that running for president is challenging because the media picks on you more.

"And the people in the media, they get meaner and meaner when you run for president because they pick you apart and say, 'Your clothes don't look good. Your hair looks bad, and you need a haircut.' You know, you get all that kind of grief from the media when you run for president, so it's a big job," he said in a video published Monday.

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Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich, whose town experienced extensive traffic problems when lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down last year, will attend the State of the Union address with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), the Bergen Record reported Monday.

"He did exhibit a standup attitude [on the bridge issue] which I've grown to like and I can't say I kept that out of my mind because that's not the truth, but it's not the reason he was selected," Pascrell said.

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Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Monday criticized Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson for being "disrespectful to women," particularly Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D), who he has called an "abortion barbie."

"I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real jerk and is really lousy at being a spokesperson for his views," Van Susteren wrote on her blog "GretaWire."

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Invoking Monica Lewinsky against Hillary Clinton could be an appropriate tactic should she decide to pursue the familiar 'War on Women' attack on Republicans in 2016, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough suggested on Monday.

"If Hillary Clinton attacks the Republican Party's handling of women, and treatment of women and disrespect for women, and suggests they’re misogynists et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, it does seem to be a fair question to ask right now, a few years out, does the media have a responsibility to say, ‘Well, let’s see what happened when you were in the White House, and how women were treated when you were in the governor’s mansion and the White House?’ Is that fair?" the 'Morning Joe' host asked Monday morning, as quoted by Mediaite.

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