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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

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday compared the federal government borrowing money from other countries to slavery, assuring attendees at an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fundraiser that the notion "isnt racist" just in case.

"Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China," Palin said at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, according to the Des Moines Register. "When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master."

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The residents of Albuquerque, N.M. will vote next week on a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with certain exceptions, according to the Washington Post.

The provision is similar to a bill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced in the Senate last week. Both the Albuquerque measure and the Senate bill provide exceptions for instances when the mother's life is in danger. The Albequerque measure does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went on four morning talk shows on Sunday to tout his sweeping re-election victory as a model for the Republican Party nationwide, but the prospective 2016 presidential contender carefully refrained from staking a position on contentious issues such as immigration reform and deliberations over Iran's nuclear program.

Throughout the morning, Christie left the door open for a 2016 presidential run while making it clear that governing New Jersey is his focus right now. When asked if his victory would be a boost in a key primary state like Iowa, Christie dismissed the idea that he was laying the groundwork for a future presidential run.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) lives in a Washington rowhouse with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) while Congress is in session, so he gave ABC's "This Week" a tour on Sunday as part of a feature of a new TV show about four congressmen sharing a house in D.C. called "Alpha House."

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said Sunday that he supports France's stance in nuclear talks with Iran, and said that new sanctions are possible.

"I am glad to see … that the French took a hard position," Menendez said on ABC's "This Week," after the French foreign minister requested greater restrictions on a plutomium reactor on Saturday.

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The first phase of nuclear talks with Iran went well, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

"It is not a partial deal. Let me make that crystal clear," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is a first step in an effort that will lock the program in where it is today, in fact set it back, while one negotiates the full deal."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday slammed the Affordable Care Act rollout, criticizing President Obama for lying to Americans about being able to stay on their health insurance plan.

Perry said that Obama's apology last week was not sufficient.

"I don't think that's even close to enough," Perry said on ABC's "This Week." "He needs to stand up in front of the American people and say, you know what? I perpetuated a fraud on you."

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