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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

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is only news because he didn't contribute enough to President Barack Obama's campaign.

"This is not news to anybody who has known of this guy," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "This guy is a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble is because he did not give enough money to Obama."

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Conservative pundit Bill Kristol on Sunday suggested that people have overreacted to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments.

"The deeds matter more than speech. I do think -- look, it's bad," Kristol said on ABC's "This Week" about Sterling and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. "Both these people seem to be bigoted and foolish and all that. I don't think the L.A. Clippers are a bigoted organization, however, they don't -- you know, there's no evidence of that, obviously."

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says she wouldn't be afraid to torture terrorists if she were president.

"C'mon! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America, they would obviously have information on plots. They carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them. Can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen," Palin said on Saturday during a speech at the National Rifle Association's "Stand And Fight" rally. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the No. 4 Republican in the House, admitted that Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite House Republicans' 50 votes to repeal the law.

"We need to look at reforming the exchanges," she told the Spokesman-Review in an interview published Friday. She said that Republicans probably won't be able to fully repeal the law, and should instead focus on other reforms within the current structure of Obamacare.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks.

"Well in our country, we have a First Amendment, which allows ignorant racists to say whatever they want to say. However, I hope the NBA takes swift action against this man," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked what could be done about Sterling's comments. "I can’t imagine how it must feel to be one of the African-Americans playing on his team, how they must feel today, knowing that the owner of the team is obviously such an ignorant racist."

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Michael Jordan, former NBA player and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, on Sunday condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments and called on the National Basketball Association to investigate Sterling's alleged remarks.

"I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and as a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly," Jordan said in a statement.

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