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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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) unloaded Thursday on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for tying Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s sinking poll numbers to the House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks.

In an interview on CNN, Massie said McCarthy “owes an apology to the families” of the four Americans who died in the 2012 attacks in Libya. He also said McCarthy needs to apologize to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who has been leading the special Benghazi panel.

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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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