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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was unsurprised by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) suggestion that the long-running Benghazi investigation intentionally harmed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

“Leader McCarthy has committed the classic Washington gaffe,” Earnest said in a Wednesday press briefing, “of saying something that everybody already knows is true.”

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The Democratic National Committee chastised GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for saying he didn't think the Washington Redskins football team name was offensive.

In a statement released Wednesday, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (R-FL) called the team’s name a “racial slur” and said Bush’s comments were “extremely insulting to Native American people.”

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