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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.

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The chairman of the Florida Libertarian Party, Adrian Wyllie, resigned on Thursday to protest the party's U.S. Senate candidate, who Wyllie says was kicked out of a cult for "sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice," according to Politico Florida.

Wyllie (pictured above) announced his resignation in a Thursday Facebook post, where he complained that the party would not stand up against its only Senate candidate, a man who goes by the name Augustus Sol Invictus. Wyllie told Politico that the party's executive committee had declined to disavow Invictus.

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Repbublican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday evening railed against President Obama for attempting to "politicize" the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

"We hardly know any of the details about this horrific tragedy - What kind of gun was used? How did the shooter obtain it? What is the motive? Does the shooter have a history of mental illness? Was this an act of terror?" Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post. "With few facts, Obama is quick to admittedly politicize this tragedy to advance his liberal, anti-gun agenda. For this president to make a political pronouncement is at best premature and at worst ignorantly inflammatory."

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With House Republicans vigorously protesting that their Benghazi probe was not politically motivated, their campaign arm on Thursday took down a webpage that used the probe to solicit political donations.

The National Republican Congressional Committee took down the page not long after the top spokesman for the Hillary Clinton campaign noted on Twitter that the NRCC was still using the fundraising page.

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A group opposed to Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) gubernatorial bid will begin running a TV ad on Thursday that includes a not-so-subtle reference to Vitter's prostitution scandal.

The ad from the anti-Vitter Gumbo PAC closes with the camera panning to a crying baby wearing a diaper, noting that it "would be a crying shame for Louisiana" if Vitter were elected governor. One of the tantalizing yet unconfirmed sub-plots of Vitter's prostitution scandal was a diaper fetish.

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Following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) Tuesday comment that the House Select Committee on Benghazi succeeded in hurting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday issued a statement making it clear that the panel's focus was on getting the facts about the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

"Four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack because they were left without adequate security in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Their loved ones still don’t know the full truth about what happened, and they deserve real answers. All Americans do," he said in a statement.

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After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday touted the Select Committee on Benghazi's success in politically hurting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Republican members of the Benghazi panel tried to distance themselves from his comment.

"The focus of the Benghazi committee is to get to the truth. Trey has been clear about that, we've all been clear about that," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told the Associated Press in an interview published on Wednesday.

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After House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)'s Tuesday comment that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has succeeded in hurting Hillary Clinton politically, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), a member of the committee, believes it's time for Democrats to walk away from the investigation.

During a Wednesday night interview, Smith told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that when the House first formed the committee, he wanted Democrats to boycott it. But he now believes that would have been a mistake, because Democrats would have given Republicans "the high ground."

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Following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) Tuesday remark that the House investigation into Benghazi hurt Hillary Clinton politically, Democratic leaders in the Senate called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to disband the House Select Committee on Benghazi immediately.

In the letter, Democrats said that McCarthy admitted that the select committee "was put together to serve the political purpose of defeating Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential elections by hurting her in the polls, rather than conducting a serious investigation into a terrorist attack that killed four Americans."

"We should not disrespect their sacrifice by further politicizing this tragedy," the letter from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and four other top Democrats reads.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Wednesday slammed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his recent comment that the investigation into Benghazi had hurt Hillary Clinton politically.

"That’s an absolute inappropriate statement. It is not how this started. We wanted to get to the truth of it," Chaffetz told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday quizzed House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on the lengthy Planned Parenthood hearing he conducted on Wednesday.

Blitzer first asked Chaffetz about a chart from anti-abortion group Americans United For Life that the congressman used during the hearing. The chart reflects the number of abortions and cancer screenings provided by Planned Parenthood between 2006 and 2013. But the lines on the chart make it seem like the organization performs more abortions than cancer screening if one cannot see the numbers.

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