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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 Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell, who were charged Tuesday for illegally accepting gifts from a political donor, will appear in court in Richmond, Va. on Friday for arraignment, according to court documents.

The summons issued called Maureen McDonnell to court Friday at 10 a.m. and Bob McDonnell to court at 11 a.m.

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Arizona State University officials suspended its chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon after the fraternity threw a "MLK Black Party" over the weekend, a school representative told CBS 5 Arizona.

At the unofficial, off-campus party, students dressed in basketball jerseys, displayed gang signs and drank from watermelon cups, according to photos obtained by CBS.

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Conservative radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday threatened to leave New York over remarks Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made last week that "extreme conservatives" don't have a place in the state.

"I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here," Hannity said on his radio show. "I really can't. I don't want to pay their 10 percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property-taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can't wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can't wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas."

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who last year pushed a measure defunding Obamacare to a bill to fund the government, will give the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 28, the Tea Party Express announced Tuesday.

"For the Tea Party movement, 2014 is not just about taking back the Senate, but it is also about putting forward conservative ideas that will allow for America to prosper," Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement. "Senator Mike Lee has been both a Tea Party hero for supporters across the nation, and a conservative leader in the Upper Chamber."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office on Sunday rebutted Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's claims that Christie officials withheld Sandy relief funds because she did not fast-track a real estate development project supported by the governor.

"Hoboken has in no way trailed similarly situated communities in the receipt of rebuilding funds," a release obtained by the Newark Star-Ledger read. "Hoboken has not been denied on a single grant application for recovery efforts under the current programs for which they are eligible."

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday said that the New Jersey assembly's investigation into the bridge scandal surrounding Gov. Chris Christie (R) is a "partisan witch hunt."

Giuliani said that because Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), who is leading the assembly's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures, should step down because he said last week that it was "unbelievable" that none of Christie's aides told him about the plan.

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President Obama said he felt that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol and that he is troubled by the disproportionate jail time served by minorities for marijuana use.

"I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life," he said in an interview with The New Yorker published Sunday. "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."

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