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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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained to a Kentucky fourth grader on Sunday that running for president is challenging because the media picks on you more.

"And the people in the media, they get meaner and meaner when you run for president because they pick you apart and say, 'Your clothes don't look good. Your hair looks bad, and you need a haircut.' You know, you get all that kind of grief from the media when you run for president, so it's a big job," he said in a video published Monday.

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Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich, whose town experienced extensive traffic problems when lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down last year, will attend the State of the Union address with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), the Bergen Record reported Monday.

"He did exhibit a standup attitude [on the bridge issue] which I've grown to like and I can't say I kept that out of my mind because that's not the truth, but it's not the reason he was selected," Pascrell said.

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Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Monday criticized Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson for being "disrespectful to women," particularly Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D), who he has called an "abortion barbie."

"I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real jerk and is really lousy at being a spokesperson for his views," Van Susteren wrote on her blog "GretaWire."

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Invoking Monica Lewinsky against Hillary Clinton could be an appropriate tactic should she decide to pursue the familiar 'War on Women' attack on Republicans in 2016, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough suggested on Monday.

"If Hillary Clinton attacks the Republican Party's handling of women, and treatment of women and disrespect for women, and suggests they’re misogynists et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, it does seem to be a fair question to ask right now, a few years out, does the media have a responsibility to say, ‘Well, let’s see what happened when you were in the White House, and how women were treated when you were in the governor’s mansion and the White House?’ Is that fair?" the 'Morning Joe' host asked Monday morning, as quoted by Mediaite.

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The National Security Agency collects information on users from mobile applications like Angry Birds, according to new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided to the Guardian, ProPublica and the New York Times.

"Leaky" apps send personal information, as well as location and phone data, across the Internet, which the NSA and British surveillance agency GCHQ are then able to collect, according to the documents.

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Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart expressed frustration last week with President Obama's comments that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol, according to two sheriffs quoted by the Boston Herald Saturday.

"She's frustrated for the same reasons we are," Bristol County, Mass. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Herald about Leonhart's remarks at an annual gathering of sheriffs. "She said she felt the administration didn’t understand the science enough to make those statements. She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White House participated in a softball game with a pro-legalization group."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) thinks President Obama should apologize to Americans who lost their health insurance during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

"For the State of the Union, one of the things President Obama really ought to do is look in the TV camera and say to the over five million Americans all across this country who've had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare, to look in the camera and say, "I'm sorry. I told you if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it,'" Cruz said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that he doesn't believe that there is a "war on women," and instead said he sees women becoming more and more successful.

"This whole sort of 'war on women' sort of thing, I'm scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked about Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments last week on women's libidos.

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