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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

Five years into Obama's presidency 44 percent of Americans still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republican Party for the country's economic woes, while 34 percent blame President Obama and Democrats, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.

While more Americans fault Bush for the state of the economy, blame on the former president and Republicans has dipped since 2012, when 57 percent held Bush responsible compared to 35 percent who viewed Obama more culpable.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday called on President Obama to nominate fewer judges who have represented corporate interests and more with backgrounds working for public interest groups.

"Power is becoming more and more concentrated on one side," she said at an event organized by the left-leaning Alliance for Justice. "Well-financed corporate interests line up to fight for their own privileges and resist any change that would limit corporate excess."

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While defending Sochi's ability to accommodate guests for the Winter Olympics this week, a Russian official on Thursday revealed that some of the city's hotels are apparently equipped with surveillance cameras in the bathrooms.

"We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day," said Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister in charge of Olympic preparation, claiming that Western guests have been trying to sabotage the event.

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who announced in January his decision to retire at the end of the current session of Congress, plans to devote some of his time out of public office pushing for a constitutional convention so states can ratify an amendment that would limit the scope of the federal government.

"I'm going to be involved with the Convention of States. I'm going to try to motivate so that that happens. I think that's the only answer," he told the Huffington Post. "I'm just going to go around and talk about why it's needed, and try to convince state legislatures to do it."

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Mitt Romney on Wednesday said that he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) when he says that he did not know and was not involved with the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year.

"Oh, I sure do," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room" when anchor Wolf Blitzer asked if he thought the governor was telling the truth. "Chris is a friend of mine. Chris is a straightforward guy. When he tells you something, you can count on it."

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) on Tuesday railed against efforts by Democrats to extend long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013.

"I believe it is immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployments [benefits] to people rather than us working on creation of jobs," he said on the House floor, as quoted by the Huffington Post. "A job is the most important attribute, I believe, in a free enterprise system."

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