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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

Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin on Thursday introduced a bill to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage, just ten days after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to the same effect, the Huffington Post reported.

"A growing majority of Wisconsinites believe the ban on marriage equality does not reflect their belief in how the state should recognize our families," the bill's lead sponsor, openly gay state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D), said in a statement. "We believe that it is time to give the people of our state the opportunity to remove unwanted constitutional barriers to marriage equality."

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said on Thursday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was welcome to come to Iowa on behalf of the Republican Governors Association, but offered the politician a little advice on how to appeal to voters there.

"I think he's a real good retail politician and I think he handles town hall meetings really well," Branstad told the Los Angeles Times about Christie, adding, "Wouldn't hurt to be a little more humble. Iowans really like their leaders to be hard-working and humble."

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Thursday that shipments of Chobani greek yogurt intended for American athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics will instead be distributed to food banks in New York and New Jersey, but he appears to still be looking for a way to get the Olympians their American snacks.

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The growing influence of super PACs is threatening to turn American politics into a commercialized charade, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested in an interview published Wednesday.

"You may want to just wear logos if you're running for president: 'sponsored by so-and-so.' I mean it's going to get to be like NASCAR where everybody should put logos on your suit," he told National Journal.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Wednesday suggested that her disagreement with fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how best to prosecute sexual assault in the military has gotten outsized attention because of their gender.

"I'm a little upset that there's been so much attention to the fact that two women disagree on something," she said on MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner" when asked about their differing policy proposals. "I wonder if there would be so much attention if men disagreed?"

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Twelve years after he saved the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a few more fixes in mind.

"Why do governments spend so much?" he asked in a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday. "Public-sector inefficiency accounts for some of the gap, and corruption is surely to blame as well. But the big difference is that government personalities are promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money."

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