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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

The Army War College on Thursday said that the school would look into allegations that Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) plagiarized parts of his 2007 master's thesis and may revoke his degree.

The college will put together a review board, and Walsh will be able to submit materials for consideration, according to a War College statement to NBC Montana. After the board conducts its review, the school's deputy commandant will decided whether or not to revoke Walsh's degree.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday called Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona "torture."

"I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out. And people who were responsible should be held responsible," he told Politico. "The lethal injection needs to be an indeed lethal injection and not the bollocks-upped situation that just prevailed. That’s torture."

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and two other groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the mayor of Warren, Mich., who banned an atheist group from setting up a station alongside one run by a prayer group in the city hall atrium.

Mayor Jim Fouts (R) said that the group's "reason station" would be opposed to prayer and compared atheists to Nazis and members of the Klu Klux Klan.

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The Black Hawk County, Iowa Democrats posted a message to their Facebook page earlier this month calling President Ronald Reagan a "white supremacist," according to the Iowa county's Republican Party.

Black Hawk County GOP Chairman Scott Adkins in Wednesday a statement called the post "offensive and extremely disrespectful to the Reagan family," according to the DesMoines Register.

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The Texas judge hearing True the Vote's lawsuit over access to poll books from the U.S. Senate runoff primary in Mississippi questioned the group's motives for suing Mississippi officials, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

True the Vote, a Tea-Party aligned group focused on voter fraud, says it was denied access to records in nine counties, prompting the organization to sue the Mississippi secretary of State and state Republican Party.

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A United Nations official claims that the militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all women between the age of 11 and 46 in Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation, according to the BBC.

However, some reporters dispute the UN's account. Shiraz Maher, a Senior Fellow at King’s College London, told the Independent that the order reviewed by the UN is likely a fake distributed by a group opposing ISIS.

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The owner of a Mississippi comic book store was pretty ticked off that Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign bus took up five parking spaces in his lot Wednesday morning.

Barry Herring, owner of Southern Fried Comics in Hattiesburg, Miss., told the Clarion-Ledger that he arrived to his store to see the bus there for no apparent reason. He tweeted out a picture:

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday accused President Obama of using the Federal Aviation Administration to boycott Israel after the FAA extended its ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, citing safety concerns for travelers.

"The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement, arguing that the flight ban would have a negative impact on Israel's tourism industry.

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