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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

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be fired due to the disastrous rollout of the federal health care exchange website.

When asked by 'Fox and Friends' host Steve Doocy if Sebelius should be fired, Johnson responded, "Absolutely. It starts at the top."

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Nate Silver, prominent New York Times statistician who is currently launching a new website with ESPN, on Friday again criticized Politico for its overreliance on horse race coverage.

"Recently for example, I saw an article in Politico that claimed the government shutdown was responsible for the Democrat Terry McAuliffe's expanding lead in the Virginia gubernatorial race," Silver said at an Online News Association conference. "The article cited one question in the poll that the government wasn't popular and another showing McAuliffe well ahead, and asserted there was a link between the two. There was no evidence however, of a causal link that anyone had switched their vote because of the shutdown."

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The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday ruled unconstitutional a state law that sought to levy online sales taxes, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Main Street Fairness Act, passed in 2011, requires consumers to pay state sales tax for online purchases from online affiliates of brick-and-mortar businesses. According to the Tribune, online retailers like Amazon stopped working with Illinois affiliates, and other online businesses fled Illinois to bordering states after the law passed.

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Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), president of the Heritage Foundation, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday defending his organization's efforts to repeal the health care law. 

While the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare this time around, DeMint still declared partial victory and said that the defund effort helped Republicans gain ground on spending levels enacted into law by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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