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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

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday said he supports Pope Francis in his effort to focus on less contentious issues, rather than on subjects like abortion and same-sex marriage.

"I don't think he's coming across lenient at all," Santorum said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when host Chuck Todd asked if he was concerned about the Pope's focus. "What he's doing is the right thing, which is-- he's looking at a world and he's looking at his faithful that are-- that are really struggling right now, struggling with their faith. And he wants to focus on the central thing, which is the good news."

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After President Obama used appearances on "Between Two Ferns" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote the health care law, "Saturday Night Live" offered a few more ideas that would make Obama's HealthCare.gov promotion go viral.

The SNL cold opener ends with the show's comedians portraying an epic kiss between Obama and Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber, after the president poses for photo-opts with Kim Kardashian and the Pope.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly apologized to GOP donor Sheldon Adelson after the governor used the term "occupied territories" to refer to the West Bank during a Saturday speech at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering, according to CNN and Politico.

"I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across, and just felt personally how extraordinary that was, to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day," Christie said during his speech, recollecting a trip he took in 2012, according to CNN.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday would not discuss new details on her recent allegations against the CIA.

"I have done no press after I made a 40 minute speech on the floor. The speech was carefully put together. I believe it’s accurate. And I believe those words should stand," she said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Mississippi news station WLOX-TV anchor Dave Elliott on Thursday said that there has been too much coverage of LGBT issues in the news recently, according to Romanesko.

"I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But, it seems they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation,.. [sic] just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!" Elliott wrote on his Facebook page, according to a screenshot published by Romanesko.

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After President Barack Obama concluded his joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands on Tuesday, several conservative media outlets noted that his remarks were followed by "awkward silence."

"Some rustling could be heard as people began to leave, but only one person attempted — and failed — to begin a slow clap," the Daily Caller's Danny Huizinga wrote Thursday.

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A secret service agent caused a car accident the night before President Obama's March 7 trip to South Florida and showed a possible sign of drinking, according to a police report obtained by the Washington Post.

Mathew Reyes, a counter-sniper officer, had the "slight odor" of alcohol on his breath after the accident, according to the report. The Florida State trooper who responded to the accident conducted a sobriety test, but did not find that Reyes was impaired.

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