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

The growing influence of super PACs is threatening to turn American politics into a commercialized charade, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested in an interview published Wednesday.

"You may want to just wear logos if you're running for president: 'sponsored by so-and-so.' I mean it's going to get to be like NASCAR where everybody should put logos on your suit," he told National Journal.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Wednesday suggested that her disagreement with fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how best to prosecute sexual assault in the military has gotten outsized attention because of their gender.

"I'm a little upset that there's been so much attention to the fact that two women disagree on something," she said on MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner" when asked about their differing policy proposals. "I wonder if there would be so much attention if men disagreed?"

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Twelve years after he saved the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a few more fixes in mind.

"Why do governments spend so much?" he asked in a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday. "Public-sector inefficiency accounts for some of the gap, and corruption is surely to blame as well. But the big difference is that government personalities are promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money."

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MSNBC host Krystal Ball on Tuesday urged Hillary Clinton not to run for president in 2016 because she could keep Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) or "another real middle class champion" out of the race.

"I deeply respect Hillary Clinton. I think she's a great intellect with great fortitude," she said on MSNBC's "The Cycle." "But I've come to a difficult realization. I don't want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I do not think she's the right person for this moment."

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NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday voiced its opposition to President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the U.S. District Court in Georgia because of his stance on abortion.

"Michael Boggs actually believes that there is one definition of what it means to live your life as an American. The thing is, that’s anti-American," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "We cannot risk having someone like that on the bench when we know we have so many cases coming down the pike that will define the very fabric of who we are as a nation and we are not only a nation that supports diversity, but we’re actually a pro-choice nation."

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Longtime NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with cancer in August, NBC announced Tuesday.

Brokaw has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic for multiple myeloma, which affects the blood cells in bone marrow. Physicians are "very encouraged" with his progress so far, according to NBC.

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