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.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday said that in order for the government to extend longterm unemployment benefits, Republican lawmakers need to stop being themselves.

Reid said that the "vast majority of American people," including conservatives, support extending unemployment insurance, but that GOP lawmakers do not.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said he could support extending the longterm unemployment benefits that expired at the end of 2013 if the program is paid for.

"I'm not against having unemployment insurance," he said on ABC's "This Week." "It needs to be payed for."

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Former GOP presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Sunday said he wished he could go back in time when asked about Obamacare and the 2012 election.

"I don't know. I wish I could go back and turn back the clock and take another try," he said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if he felt he would have won the 2012 election if President Obama had not told Americans that they would be all able to be able to keep their current plans under the health care law -- a claim that in many cases turned out not to be the case.

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Mitt Romney on Sunday said he accepted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry's apology for a controversial segment on her show poking fun at a Romney family photo including Romney's African-American adopted grandson, Kieran Romney.

"I think her apology was clearly heartfelt, and we accept that," former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on "Fox News Sunday." "I've made plenty of mistakes myself, and they've apologized."

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Thursday slammed the New York Times after the paper's editorial board called for a clemency deal for former National Security Agency contracter Edward Snowden.

"Edward Snowden, he's a traitor or a defector or both, and the New York Times is an accomplice," King said on Fox News. "They go out of their way to be apologists for terrorists. And they go after those in law enforcement and the military who are trying to win this war."

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) compared himself to controversial "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in a campaign email this week, the Des Moines Register reported.

"The leftists who disagree with him made it clear with their attacks that conservatives are to be driven from public life if they express their opinions, however objectively true they might be," King wrote to supporters about Robertson. "I have been in similar situations to the one Phil Robertson finds himself in now. I have learned to navigate their intolerance while holding firm to our values."

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A Republican lawmaker in Utah introduced a state constitutional amendment in December that would exempt religious institutions from performing same-sex marriages even if the state is required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and he hopes that a court ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban will help push his amendment through the legislature, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

"The truth is, the main reason I'm proposing this is that I just want people to relax," Rep. Jacob Anderegg (R) told the Tribune in an interview published Monday. "If they know they have their federal religious guarantees in writing, I hope they will just relax."

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