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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

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday criticized President Obama for nominating an openly gay man to be the Army's secretary, charging that the President only did so to curry favor with the LGBT community.

"It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," Huckabee said in a statement, according to CNN. "Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he's nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night touted his role as a member of the Bush family while discussing how he would improve the United States' relationship with other countries as president.

"Name a country in the world where our relationship is better today than the day that Hillary of Clinton became secretary of state," Bush said during a speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan, according to CNN.

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Sarah Palin on Friday backed up her daughter Bristol's attack on President Obama for inviting Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen arrested in Texas when he brought a homemade clock to school, to the White House.

Palin wrote in a Facebook post that many students have been kicked out of school for small offenses, arguing that the media was too quick to condemn the Texas school for believing Mohamed had brought a bomb to school

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night bashed his fellow Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who did not correct a man who said President Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the U.S.

"Barack Obama is a talented man -- and by the way he's an American, he's a Christian -- his problem isn't the fact that he was born here or what his faith is," Bush said in a Michigan speech, according to the Washington Post. "His problem is that he's a progressive liberal who tears down anybody that disagrees with him."

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After he was criticized for failing to correct a town hall audience member who said that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American, Donald Trump on Saturday morning defended himself, arguing that it was not necessary to address statements made about the President.

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Hillary Clinton on Friday blasted Donald Trump for failing to correct an audience member at a Thursday town hall who said that President Obama is a Muslim and not American.

"I was appalled, and as you may know, quickly put out a tweet expressing the great disappointment with that kind of rhetoric and calling on him, and anybody else who is seeking the highest office of the land, to start behaving like a president, to show respect and to stand up for the truth," Clinton said when asked about Trump's town hall, referencing a tweet she published Thursday night.

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The Michigan lawmakers who were recently ousted from the Michigan legislature after they tried to cover up an affair have both announced that they will run for their seats again.

Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R), who was expelled from the legislature last week, filed on Thursday to run in the special election for her seat.

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A leader at the Heartland Institute, a conservative group on skepticism of climate change, on Thursday compared Pope Francis' focus on the environment to elements of paganism present in Christianity in the Middle Ages.

Gene Koprowski, the director of marketing at the group, spoke at a press conference announcing the Heartland Institute's plan to join a coalition "challenging the pope’s views on global warming and the nature of capitalism."

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