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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

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who announced in January his decision to retire at the end of the current session of Congress, plans to devote some of his time out of public office pushing for a constitutional convention so states can ratify an amendment that would limit the scope of the federal government.

"I'm going to be involved with the Convention of States. I'm going to try to motivate so that that happens. I think that's the only answer," he told the Huffington Post. "I'm just going to go around and talk about why it's needed, and try to convince state legislatures to do it."

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Mitt Romney on Wednesday said that he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) when he says that he did not know and was not involved with the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year.

"Oh, I sure do," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room" when anchor Wolf Blitzer asked if he thought the governor was telling the truth. "Chris is a friend of mine. Chris is a straightforward guy. When he tells you something, you can count on it."

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) on Tuesday railed against efforts by Democrats to extend long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013.

"I believe it is immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployments [benefits] to people rather than us working on creation of jobs," he said on the House floor, as quoted by the Huffington Post. "A job is the most important attribute, I believe, in a free enterprise system."

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Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham on Tuesday criticized Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for claiming the term "illegal alien" is insulting, and that people should instead used the term "undocumented immigrant."

"Why do we have a Supreme Court justice whose allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the U.S. Constitution?" Ingraham asked on her show. "Her duty is to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America. And that's what she says?"

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An Inman, S.C. man claims that his friend accidentally shot him in the head and then failed to call 911, Fox Carolina reported Tuesday.

John Philip Thompson's handgun discharged while he was showing it to Michael Burdette, who told Fox Carolina that Thompson just gave him a towel for his head wound and eventually called his wife to take him to the hospital. Two other people at the scene also failed to call an ambulance, according to Fox.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday said that he will not march in the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers of the event will not allow participants to carry gay pride signs.

"No, I am not planning on marching in the parade," de Blasio said at a press conference. "I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city, but I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."

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