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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Correction: Right Wing News apologized Monday for misquoting Walker during its January interview. Walker said "a vote for” as opposed to “voted for" Reagan.

During an interview with Right Wing News last month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) reminisced about conservative darling Ronald Reagan and made an interesting claim.

"I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan — limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense," he said. "You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you."

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Republican lawmakers on Sunday said that Obamacare discourages Americans from working, based on a recently released Congressional Budget Office report.

"Anything that discourages work -- and that's essentially what the CBO found, that this discourages some people from working, not a good thing at a time when the economy's still struggling," Rep. Tom Cole said on ABC's "This Week" about Obamacare.

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Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Sunday warned that there is a serious threat of a terrorist attack near the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

"I think there is a higher degree probability that something is going to -- something will detonate. Something will go off," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "But I do think it's probably most likely to happen outside of the ring of steel and the Olympic village."

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on Sunday explained his decision to vote against the Senate bill that would have extended longterm unemployment benefits -- he was one of six Republicans who voted to debate the legislation.

"Unfortunately, Democrats did not work with us, wouldn't negotiate with us on how to pay for it," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We also have record numbers of people long-term unemployed. And the Democratic answer to that is, 'Let's add more to the 26 weeks of unemployment insurance to emergency benefits, and let's do nothing to reform the program. Let's do nothing to give people the skills they need to access the jobs that are out there.'"

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the lawmakers who brokered the Senate immigration bill, on Sunday proposed a new idea for getting Republican leaders on board with passing immigration reform this year.

"Let's enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start until 2017, after President Obama's term is over," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Now I think the rap against him that he won't enforce the law is false -- he's deported more people than any other president -- but you could actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it."

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The Newark Star-Ledger's editorial page editor on Sunday explained why he had some regrets about endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2013, but stopped short of saying he would never support the scandal-laden politician again.

"An endorsement is not a love embrace. It is a choice between two flawed human beings. And the winner is often the less bad option," editor Tom Moran wrote in a column. "But yes, we blew this one."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Saturday warned Republican lawmakers that they need to adapt to changing public opinion.

"What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don't change," he said at a Harris County, Tex. GOP dinner, according to Politico. "That means we evolve, it doesn't mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a welcoming party."

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President Obama on Thursday rebutted the general perception that he has an "icy" relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He does have a public style where he likes to sit back and look a little bored during the course of joint interviews. I think that's where some of these perceptions come up," Obama told NBC News in an interview airing Friday. "My sense is that's part of his shtick back home politically as wanting to look like the tough guy. U.S. politicians have a different style. We tend to smile once in a while."

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