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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New Hampshire state Rep. Kyle Tasker (R) posted a joke about domestic violence to Facebook on Monday while defending a fellow lawmaker's comments about abusive relationships, according to William Tucker's New Hampshire politics blog, Miscellany: Blue.

Tasker posted a graphic joke about domestic violence that read, "50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain!"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday chimed in on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) claim that the CIA hacked into a Senate committee computer network, linking the allegations to what he says is President Obama's abuse of power.

"If it is correct that the CIA breached the security of Senate computers, that is a very serious allegation," Cruz told reporters, according to Slate. "I would note, it is consistent with a pattern of the Obama administration, of disregarding the constitutional liberties of the citizenry and disrespecting the constitutional role of the United States Congress. And I would say that protecting the institutional authority of the U.S. Congress is not helped, when during the State of the Union, President Obama says, 'If Congress won't act, I will,' and virtually every Democrat in Congress stands and cheers."

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A 19-year-old Alabama woman was accidentally shot in the leg on Monday while she was unpacking for her spring break trip in Panama City Beach, Fla., the News Herald reported.

While Katlin Brianna Moore and other travelers were pulling luggage out of a vehicle in a parking garage, she tossed a duffel bag on the ground., according to the police report. When the bag hit the ground, a two-shot 9 mm Cobra Derringer pistol inside fired, striking Moore.

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Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty on Monday issued an apology letter addressing comments he made in February placing some of the blame for the state's low sexual assault prosecution rates on victims, Mother Jones reported.

During a state House Finance Committee, Rep. Mark Neuman (R) was critical of Geraghty's low prosecution rates, to which the attorney general responded that many victims change their mind about testifying.

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CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday said that allegations made by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that the Central Intelligence Agency hacked into a Senate committee computer network were "beyond the scope of reason."

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Brennan told NBC's Andrea Mitchell at a Council on Foreign Relations event about Feinstein's claims.

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Support for same-sex marriage is high among younger members of the Republican Party, according to a Pew Research poll released Monday.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans age 18 to 29 support legalizing marriage for gay couples compared to 35 percent who oppose it, according to the survey. Only 27 percent of Republicans age 50 and over support same-sex marriage, however.

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