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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

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Thursday slammed the New York Times after the paper's editorial board called for a clemency deal for former National Security Agency contracter Edward Snowden.

"Edward Snowden, he's a traitor or a defector or both, and the New York Times is an accomplice," King said on Fox News. "They go out of their way to be apologists for terrorists. And they go after those in law enforcement and the military who are trying to win this war."

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) compared himself to controversial "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in a campaign email this week, the Des Moines Register reported.

"The leftists who disagree with him made it clear with their attacks that conservatives are to be driven from public life if they express their opinions, however objectively true they might be," King wrote to supporters about Robertson. "I have been in similar situations to the one Phil Robertson finds himself in now. I have learned to navigate their intolerance while holding firm to our values."

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A Republican lawmaker in Utah introduced a state constitutional amendment in December that would exempt religious institutions from performing same-sex marriages even if the state is required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and he hopes that a court ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban will help push his amendment through the legislature, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

"The truth is, the main reason I'm proposing this is that I just want people to relax," Rep. Jacob Anderegg (R) told the Tribune in an interview published Monday. "If they know they have their federal religious guarantees in writing, I hope they will just relax."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of the lawmakers who helped craft the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate in June, on Saturday said he is still hopeful that the House will pass similar legislation.

"I'm still guardedly optimistic,” he told the Arizona Daily Star. "Frankly, I don't think that the speaker would have hired Becky Tallent if he hadn't been very interested in moving legislation. The question is how does he do it."

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A New Jersey appeals court on Monday upheld two strict gun control laws, measures New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration declined to defend in court, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The appeals court upheld two laws regulating concealed carry permits. One law requires applicants to prove that they need a permit. The second rule allowed retired police officers to easily obtain a permit, which excluded the two retired arson investigators who challenged the laws in court.

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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Monday accused the New York Times of using its investigation into the Benghazi attack as a way to boost a potential 2016 run for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Of course Secretary Clinton was in charge at the time, and you know there are just now a lot of rumors going and pushing about her running for president in 2016," he said on Fox News, as recorded by the Hill. "So I think they are already laying the groundwork."

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