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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

Danbury, Conn. Mayor and candidate in the Connecticut gubernatorial race Mark Boughton (R) on Wednesday resigned from gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

"As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut," he said in a statement on his campaign website. "This remains my position today."

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A New Jersey man accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Pennsylvania event put on by the National Rifle Association, police told the Lehigh Valley Live.

The man was at the Lower Saucon Township gun range for a program organized by the Steel City Gun Club and the Bethlehem City Police Department, along with the NRA. Multiple police agencies were participating in the event.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on Wednesday tore into the stereotype that women are too emotional after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would help close the gender pay gap.

"Now I'll tell you what I’m tired of hearing, that somehow or another we’re too emotional when we talk. You know, when we raise an issue, we’re too emotional. Well, I am emotional," said Mikulski, who sponsored the legislation.

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Jim DeMint, former senator and current president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, insisted last week that it was the U.S. Constitution that ultimately freed the slaves.

"Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people," DeMint said on "Vocal Point" with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries, as recorded by Right Wing Watch. "Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to 'all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights' in the minds of God."

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced on Tuesday that she would introduce legislation to require members of Congress to take a sexual harassment prevention class following the news Monday that Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught kissing one of his staffers.

“This is the House of Representatives not a frat house. Regrettably, another of my colleagues, Congressman Vance McAllister, was revealed to have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a member of his staff," Speier said in a statement about the legislation.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday responded to former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's investigation into the CIA's enhanced interrogation program was "emotional" and not necessarily "objective."

Feinstein said Hayden's remarks were "nonsense" and "stereotypical," according to The Hill. She said that Hayden's reaction to her criticisms of the CIA was "an old male fallback position."

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CNN has been relentlessly mocked for its nonstop coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, but Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday defended the network's devotion to the story.

"Do you really think, if CNN had not done so much coverage, with its big platform, that Malaysia, Australia and even our own country would have gone the extra mile looking for that flight? I don’t. I think they would have given up a long time ago. The media spotlight is extremely powerful," she wrote in a blog post titled "I guess I am the only one defending CNN on this one."

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