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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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Instead of remarking on the Confederate flag when the South Carolina legislature convened on Monday, state Sen. Lee Bright (R) used his time on the Senate floor to rail against same-sex marriage.

Bright noted that the White House was "lit up in the abomination colors" after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

"This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you," he said.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for refusing to denounce comments made by fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants, calling the senator a hypocrite.

When asked on Sunday about Trump's remarks, Cruz said that he would not "attack" Trump because he refused to engage in "Republican on Republican violence."

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A firefighter in Minnesota was suspended on Sunday after flying a Confederate flag from a fire truck he was driving during the Third of July Parade in Albert Lea, Minn., on Friday, numerous media outlets reported.

Brian Nielsen, who has worked at the Hartland Fire Department for about 10 years, said that he decided to fly the flag without consulting the rest of the department.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have pushed their socialist ideals on the country.

"I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare,” he said on the John Catsimatidis radio show, according to The Hill. "We are on the path toward socialism. It’s not too late but the hour is late."

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A statue honoring Confederate Civil War veterans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was vandalized over the weekend, multiple news outlets reported on Sunday.

The Silent Sam statue, which was erected in 1913 as a monument to the UNC alumni who died in the Civil War, was found spray-painted with the phrases "black lives matter," "KKK," and "murderer" on Sunday morning, according to CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday condemned recent remarks made about Mexican immigrants by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but Santorum also insisted that Trump "points to a very important thing."

Trump last month called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers, prompting to numerous members in the Republican party to denounce his remarks.

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Presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday denounced comments made by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who recently called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers.

"I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican party," Perry said when asked about Trump at a National Press Club event. "I think the Republican party is reflected in people like me. It’s reflected in individuals like Eva Guzman, who is the first Latina that (sic) was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court."

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John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," on Wednesday unloaded on TV Land for pulling reruns of the show from its schedule as the nation engages in a renewed debate over the Confederate flag.

“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality," Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

"Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?" he asked.

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Law enforcement authorities gave the all-clear on Thursday after the facility went on lockdown due to reports of a shooting.

Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C. told reporters on Thursday that police found no evidence of a shooting.

"At this time, there is no evidence of gunshots. There is no evidence of a shooter. And there's no evidence of any victims today," she told reporters at a press conference.

Navy Admiral Dixon Smith said during the press conference that as of around 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Navy Yard was still on lockdown. Smith said that law enforcement was finishing up a final walk-through of building 197, and that the facility would re-open shortly.

D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters that the call reporting a shooter was not a "hoax." She said an employee at the Navy Yard made a call to police around 7:30 a.m. to report a possible shooting.

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