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

House Republicans have proposed a sizable budget for their coveted Benghazi select committee and may spend more to investigate that scandal in 2014 than on the entire Veterans Affairs committee.

The House GOP has requested $3.3 million for the Benghazi committee in 2014 led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC, pictured) — $2.2 million for Republicans serving on the committee and a little over $1 million for the Democrats, according to a document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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A federal judge on Monday expressed skepticism over Tea Party-aligned group True the Vote's lawsuit seeking election records from the Senate primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R).

Judge Michael Mills issued a show cause order, demanding that the group show why they filed the lawsuit in the northern district of Mississippi, not the southern district.

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Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, complained on Sunday that Americans who don't know about the Benghazi scandal can vote.

In an interview with World Net Daily, Carson explained that the nation's founder intended for the government to depend "on a well-informed and educated populace," and in doing so lamented that Americans weren't focused on the right scandals.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) penned an op-ed for CNN on Sunday explaining why he pushing for the House to file a lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive actions.

"Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama," Boehner began in the op-ed. "But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who launched a strange, unsuccessful primary bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this year, warned this week that the Hobby Lobby ruling shows that "liberals seek to drag us back to Stone Age tribalism."

"Today is a great victory for religious freedom in America, which has been severely under attack by the anti-freedom Left and its special interest groups," Stockman said in a Monday statement. "It is ironic for the Left to scream no interference in a woman’s decision to obtain contraceptives, but then to argue the government should interfere in that decision to fulfill a supposed ‘inherent’ right to contraceptives."

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