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

An op-ed penned by a Federal Elections Commission official has sparked infighting over the agency's investigation into spending by dark money groups like the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel, who is a Democrat, blamed the three Republican members on the commission for its inability to investigate the type of spending in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Wednesday, the day after the Supreme Court struck down limits on the total amount that an individual may donate across political candidates and committees in an election cycle.

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) on Thursday called on Congress to repeal a ban on military personnel carrying firearms on bases after Wednesday's shooting at the Fort Hood that left four dead and at least 16 wounded.

"This is the third mass shooting on a military base in five years, and it’s because our trained soldiers aren’t allowed to carry defensive weapons," Stockman said in a statement. "Anti-gun activists have turned our military bases into soft targets for killers."

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Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night said he "wouldn't be surprised" if extraterrestrial life existed in the universe.

"First, I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there," Clinton said while discussing Area 51 on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." “But there are no aliens there. So then I, when the Roswell thing came up, I knew we’d get gazillions of letters. So I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything."

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Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's "Tonight Show", on Tuesday mocked the Obama administration's announcement that it exceeded its goal for Obamacare sign-ups.

"The White House says it has surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don’t do it and then keep extending the deadline for months," Fallon said on his show, as recorded by the Daily Caller. "It's like a Cinderella story. It's just a beautiful thing. You make everyone do it."

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After the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, the Republican National Committee praised the decision as a "vindication" for those who seek political transparency.

"Today's Court decision in McCutcheon v FEC is an important first step toward restoring the voice of candidates and party committees and a vindication for all those who support robust, transparent political discourse," RNC Chair Reince Priebus said in a Wednesday statement.

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