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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New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D), who led the investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday about the latest news on the the lane closures and aides for Gov. Chris Christie (R).

On Wednesday, TPM reported that emails and text messages between top Christie aides reveal that they may have initiated the bridge lane closures as political retribution for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D), who did not endorse Christie during the 2013 election.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) on Wednesday apologized to House Republicans at a conference meeting on Capitol Hill after he plead guilty to cocaine possession and spent time in a rehabilitation facility.

"I'm thankful I had that opportunity, but I have a whole lot to do to make amends,” Radel told the Washington Post. "It felt good to talk with them. It felt good, it really did. I know there’s still a long way to go with my country and constituents, and especially with my family, but it felt good."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday canceled his only public event for the day after multiple media outlets published emails and text messages linking Christie aides to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Christie had planned to speak in Ocean County about housing recovery after Hurricane Sandy, but announced that the event was canceled in an email without citing any reasons.

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The White House on Tuesday defended Vice President Joe Biden after former Defense Secretary Bob Gates criticized Biden's views on foreign policy.

"The President disagrees with Secretary Gates' assessment – from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world. President Obama relies on his good counsel every day," National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

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A memo from House leadership to the Republican caucus coaches members on how to speak about unemployment in a compassionate manner, according to the Washington Post.

The memo tells representatives that unemployment is a "personal crisis" and asks them to give "proper consideration" to an extension of longterm unemployment benefits.

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that liberals in the media created the "polar vortex" to advance what he called the climate change "hoax."

"We are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it's completely unprecedented," he said on his radio show. "Because they've got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It's called the 'polar vortex.' The dreaded polar vortex."

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) donned some long johns on Monday to battle the "polar vortex" and use this week's cold weather as evidence that the U.S. does not need to address global warming.

"There's a concerted effort of people to believe that global warming is taking place, that we're all going to die and all of that," he said on the Senate floor. "At the same time, the evidence out there is just-- it's almost laughable."

Inhofe prepared for the unusually cold weather by wearing long johns under his suit on Monday, showing them off to Now This News.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday reiterated that he would consider an extension of longterm unemployment benefits, but only if the legislation included a plan to pay for the program and a provision that created jobs.

"One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work," Boehner said in a statement.

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