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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

The New Jersey firm that was awarded a contract to create the campaign for Jersey Shore tourism following Hurricane Sandy is insisting that it did not pitch an appearance by Gov. Chris Christie (R) in its ads. Rather, the firm said, it proposed a long list of state icons including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Some have argued that MWW was awarded the contract, which was $2.2 million higher than the lowest bidder's proposal, because it included Christie in the ads -- an appearance that increased his exposure during re-election last year. However the firm put out a statement Monday denying that Christie's name was in the original pitch.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed people who had a sex change procedure to modify their gender on their birth certificates, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

State law already required the Health Department to issue new birth certificates to people who have undergone sex change surgery, but this legislation would have extended that ability to people who have undergone hormone therapy.

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Rep. Steve Stockman's (R-TX) Senate campaign committee failed to report contributions from nine political action committees to the Federal Election Commission, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

The nine PACs reported their contributions, but the Stockman campaign has failed to do so for months, even though federal law requires committees to deposit donations within ten days of receiving the check.

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President Obama on Friday will propose reforms to U.S. surveillance programs in a speech at the Department of Justice, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Obama's proposals are "near completion" and will include transparency measures aimed at giving the public "more confidence in the programs," Carney said at a Monday press briefing.

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Michael Eisenga, a wealthy GOP donor in Wisconsin, helped state Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R) draft legislation that would cap how much high earners -- including Eisenga -- pay in child support, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The bill sets the threshold at $150,000 per year. Eisenga was paying $216,000 annually for his three children, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Fox News commentator Brit Hume on Sunday said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) happens to be just too manly for the feminine world we live in today.

"In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks," Hume said on Fox News' "Media Buzz."

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is not a serious threat to Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) in the 2014 senate race because she is so "disconnected" from the state, the incumbent told the Huffington Post in an interview published Monday.

"She would be a formidable opponent in the Republican [primary], but I have no worry or fear of her," Begich told the Huffington Post. "I think she is so disconnected from Alaska now that I'm not sure she even knows what's going on."

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