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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

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson on Thursday defended the newspaper's reporting on the Benghazi attack after Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the report on the Senate floor.

"David Kirkpatrick's report on the attack in Benghazi is a pioneering piece of enterprise reporting based on interviews with numerous sources inside Libya and outside the country conducted over many months," Abramson said in a statement to Politico. "It explores in great detail the attack, the attackers, their motivations and their affiliations. The facts that have emerged since its publication confirm the story's conclusions. We consider the reporting in the story unassailable."

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Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage on Thursday criticized members of the New Jersey legislature for forming separate committees in the assembly and the senate to investigate Gov. Chris Christie the George Washington Bridge scandal, accusing them of preening for the camera.

"That doesn't make any sense," the Democrat said on MSNBC, as recorded by Politicker NJ. "It's a waste of taxpayer money, and it's all about who can get on television first."

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Republicans are targeting the officials in charge of Oregon's health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, which failed to go live on time and subsequently forced the state to sign people up for insurance using paper applications, the Oregonian reported.

The Republican National Committee is filing public records requests for information on compensation and vacation time for top Oregon Live officials Rocky King and Carolyn Lawson, according to the Oregonian. King has announced that he will resign as director in March, and Lawson has already resigned from her position as chief technology officer.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday said that lawmakers and the media should move past the controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, noting that the governor has "held people accountable."

"It's time to move on," he said during a Thursday press conference. "I think the governor made clear that mistakes were made."

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Wednesday argued that preventing abortions will boost the economy by creating more jobs.

"I would suggest that it is very much the case that those of us in the majority support this legislation because it is the morally right thing to do, but it is also very very true that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation," Goodlatte said, as recorded by the Huffington Post. "It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children."

The Virginia Republican made the remarks while discussing a bill that limits tax benefits granted to individuals and small businesses with health insurance plans that cover abortions.

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Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates on Wednesday said it was a "serious mistake" for President Obama to draw a "red line" on the Syrian conflict last year, declaring chemical weapons use as the point at which the U.S. would intervene in the conflict.

"I always used to say to presidents, 'If you cock the pistol, you gotta be willing to fire it,'" Gates told the Wall Street Journal.

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The Idaho legislature's House Revenue and Taxation Committee decided on Tuesday that same-sex couples who reside in the state must file separate tax returns, the Associated Press reported.

The committee decided that because the state constitution bans same-sex marriage, couples must file separate state returns, even though the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act allows same-sex couples to file joint federal tax returns.

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