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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

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), the lawmaker leading the state probe into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year, on Tuesday alleged that Gov. Chris Christie may have broken campaign finance laws by starring in tourism ads paid for with federal Sandy relief funds.

"When the governor is running for reelection, to use his image relentlessly in those ads, borders on at least a campaign law violation," he said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.

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Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) on Tuesday filed a petition to create a constitutional amendment that would keep the state from running its own health insurance exchange, according to the Associated Press.

The proposal, titled the Healthcare Freedom Protection Act, would need 101,000 signatures by June 17 in order to make it onto the ballot. It would then go to a vote in Nov. 2014 and again in 2016.

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A representative from the finalist that lost the bid to create a Jersey Shore tourism ad campaign after Hurricane Sandy said that state officials asked about Gov. Chris Christie (R) starring in the ads, the Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday.

“They stated an interest. They asked us about using the governor,’’ Shannon Morris, president of Sigma Group of Oradell, told the Asbury Park Press.

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The National Security Agency on Friday told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that it cannot reveal whether the agency has been targeting members of Congress in its metadata collection because doing so would violate privacy provisions accorded to civilians in the program, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday.

"Among those protections is the condition that NSA can query the metadata only based on phone numbers reasonably suspected to be associated with specific foreign terrorist groups," NSA chief Keith Alexander wrote in a letter to Sanders.

"For that reason," he added, "NSA cannot lawfully search to determine if any records NSA has received under the program have included metadata of the phone calls of any member of Congress, other American elected officials, or any other American without the predicate."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday said he supports a $10 minimum wage, an increase backed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

"Since only six percent of American workers get minimum wage, I say, 'Fine. Up it.' I don't think it's a big deal," he said on his show "The O'Reilly Factor" when discussing that two thirds of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage.

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said that he wished President Obama would cheat on First Lady Michelle Obama because it would make for a better scandal than the controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year.

"Why can't we have Obama running around on Michelle or something?" he said on his radio show, as recorded by Mediaite. "Wouldn't that be a much better scandal than Christie and bridge lane closures, for crying out loud?"

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Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R) on Tuesday said that he will pull the controversial child support bill that he drafted with the help of a wealthy GOP donor.

"While I am frustrated by the amount of misinformation the bill has encountered, I believe a fair and equitable child support system, one that fundamentally recognizes the value of both parents in the upbringing of a child, is an important issue and one that warrants serious conversation," he said in a statement.

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The New Jersey firm that was awarded a contract to create the campaign for Jersey Shore tourism following Hurricane Sandy is insisting that it did not pitch an appearance by Gov. Chris Christie (R) in its ads. Rather, the firm said, it proposed a long list of state icons including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Some have argued that MWW was awarded the contract, which was $2.2 million higher than the lowest bidder's proposal, because it included Christie in the ads -- an appearance that increased his exposure during re-election last year. However the firm put out a statement Monday denying that Christie's name was in the original pitch.

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