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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

After Missouri state Sen. Bob Dixon (R) launched his campaign for governor of Missouri last week, he was forced to address details about his past that resurfaced on Friday.

Dixon, who is now married to a woman and had three children with her, revealed in 1991 that he had identified as gay for five years until a "religious experience" led him to be straight again, according to a 1992 report from the Springfield News-Leader, which was resurfaced last week by the Riverfront Times.

When Dixon addressed reports last week, he said that he was abused a child, which led to "confusion" when he was a teenager.

In 1991, Dixon told attendees at a Springfield, Mo., city council meeting about his time as a gay man, but did not elaborate on his "religious experience," which he said happened in October 1988, according to the News-Leader.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday refused to back down from his comments comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust, bashing President Obama for mocking Huckabee's remarks.

"What's 'ridiculous and sad' is that President Obama does not take Iran's repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to 'destroy,' 'annihilate,' and 'wipe Israel off the map' with a 'big Holocaust,'" Huckabee said in a Monday statement. "'Never again' will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust."

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Following a threat from Donald Trump that he may consider running as an independent, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said on Monday morning that all Republican presidential candidates should commit to run only as a member of the GOP.

"Certainly, I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third-party candidate," he said on NBC's "Today." "I don’t see that happening. I think everyone understands that if Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican. And most people that run for president run to win, and if our candidates want to win, then they’ll have to run as a Republican."

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday threatened to arrest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who stage protests at the funerals for the victims of the Thursday shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.

"If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt this funeral, we're going to lock them up. We're going to arrest them. They shouldn't try that in Louisiana. We won't abide by that here," Jindal said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Let these families grieve. Let them celebrate their daughters, their children, their spouses, their loved ones’ lives in peace. They better not try that nonsense here."

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The Senate on Sunday failed to pass an amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its first vote on repealing the law since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.

Eight senators did not participate in the weekend vote, leading the measure, an amendment to the highway funding bill, to fail in a 49-43 party line vote, according to Politico.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday blasted President Obama for agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran, invoking the Holocaust to describe how he believes the agreement may impact Israel.

"This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," he said in an interview with Breitbart News on Saturday.

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After a fundraiser for Scott Walker called Donald Trump "DumbDumb" in an email, the real estate mogul on Saturday turned his insults toward the Republican Wisconsin governor and fellow presidential candidate.

"I can finally attack," Trump said at an event in Iowa, calling Walker fundraiser and venture capitalist Gregory Slayton's comments "horrible," according to The Hill.

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Despite being denied press credentials by the Donald Trump campaign, reporters for the Des Moines Register attended and covered his Saturday campaign event.

The Trump campaign had told the Des Moines Register that reporters for the paper would be unable to obtain press passes for a Saturday speech in Iowa due to an editorial published by the paper calling for Trump to drop out of the presidential race.

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A top fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Gregory Slayton, called Donald Trump "DumbDumb" in a fundraising email and stands by his comment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls," Slayton, a venture capitalist and former consul general to Bermuda, wrote in the email. "He’s also a plain spoken member of the 99% (as opposed to someone pretending to be so)…and that will be a KSF in 2016."

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Friday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to run as a third-party candidate in the presidential race.

"I don't think he's going to do that. I think he knows that if you're going to beat Hillary Clinton — if Hillary Clinton is going to get beat, there's only one party that's going to beat her: It's the Republican Party," Priebus told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, according to The Hill.

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