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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.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday said that he has been trying to avoid the politics of Washington, D.C.

"This is a city where it's all politics all the time, and I'm trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics," he said in an interview with ABC's "This Week." "I know that's hard to believe, because no one in this town does that."

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Alabama State Sen. Jerry Fielding (R) announced Monday that he will introduce a resolution honoring "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who was suspended from the A&E reality television show after making controversial anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine, the Daily Home reported.

"Phil Robertson's family values are shared by the vast majority of Alabamians, who are rightfully concerned by the vitriol aimed at his Christian stance," Fielding said in a statement. "There's a clear double standard in the media favoring a liberal worldview. When it's used to silence and punish Christians for stating their beliefs, that's when we must defend the rights of individuals to exercise their free speech without fear of politically-motivated repercussion. I join thousands across Alabama and our country by standing with Phil Robertson, and urge A&E to reverse their action against him."

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Arizona will issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who are related to members of the U.S. military, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

In November, the Department of Homeland Security decided that undocumented dependents of military personnel are eligible for "parole in place," which enables immigrants to apply for a green card while remaining in the U.S., as opposed to having to head back to their home country to do so.

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The Utah attorney general's office will ask the Supreme Court to keep counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while the state appeals a federal district court's ruling, now that a federal appeals court has denied the request for an emergency stay on the decision three times, according to Fox 13 News Salt Lake City.

Justice Sonia Sotamayor, who oversees Utah in the 10th Circuit for the Supreme Court, will review the emergency stay request.

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Utah County, which held off issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the beginning of the week, will now grant them to all couples, Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson said in a statement Thursday.

"On Tuesday afternoon, December 24th, the 10th Circuit of Appeals denied the motion to stay the ruling by Judge Robert Shelby that Utah’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional," Thompson said. "Based upon that motion and upon receipt of the further clarifications I was seeking; the Utah County Clerk’s Office will issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants."

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