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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.

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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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The Cook Political Report changed its ratings of 15 House seats Friday, moving 14 of them in the direction of Democrats following the government shutdown.

"Mostly as a result of the damage House Republicans sustained during the 16-day government shutdown, we are making changes to our ratings in 15 House seats, all but one in Democrats' direction," Cook Political Report said in a statement.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that he would not rule out pushing the federal government to shut down again in order to defund the health care law.

"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz told ABC News when asked if he would block government funding in order to take down the Affordable Care Act.

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