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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

CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson on Sunday quizzed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on his recent Holocaust reference, questioning why he felt bringing up the Nazis would help him make his point.

"I want to know, has there ever been a modern debate where an argument was won by using a Nazi analogy?" Dickerson asked, referencing Huckabee's recent remark that with the Iran deal, President Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven."

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Donald Trump filed a $10 million lawsuit on Friday against chef Jose Andres for a breach of contract after the restaurateur cancelled plans to open a restaurant in Trump's new hotel in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian reported.

Andres pulled out of the deal after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, calling them "rapists" and drug dealers.

"More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status," Andres said earlier in July while explaining why he would cancel plans for the restaurant.

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A federal judge in Danville, Va., on Friday ruled that the state is allowed to stop issuing license plates with Confederate flag symbols, according to the Danville Register and Bee.

After the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston sparked a national debate on Confederate symbolism, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) directed the state to begin the process of removing Confederate flags from state-issued license plates.

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After more than a year of campaigning against the 2014 AP U.S. History standards released by the College Board, retired history teacher Larry Krieger is finally satisfied with the company's revisions to the course framework, which he had deemed too negative.

"The overall presentation is more balanced and measured," Krieger told TPM on Friday, adding that he felt the College Board "did indeed listen to the criticism and have addressed most of the major areas of concern."

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Warren Buffett and his philanthropic foundation named for his wife, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, have given millions in donations to hospitals and family planning organizations to help fund research on contraception, specifically intrauterine devices or IUDs.

Though the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation largely keeps its donations anonymous, a Thursday report in Bloomberg Business revealed that the organization has funneled millions to fund better and more cost-effective methods of birth control.

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After about a year of criticism from conservatives targeting the College Board's "revisionist" course framework for the advanced placement U.S. history exam, the company on Thursday released new revisions to the course standards to address certain complaints.

The College Board described the new standards in a Thursday statement as "a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history." After constant concern from critics over the AP U.S. History standards, the College Board said it took public feedback into account when drafting this latest revision. The College Board attempted to address those concerns by making statements in the standards "clearer and more historically precise, and less open to misinterpretation or perceptions of imbalance," according to the statement.

In addition to attempting to address broad concerns about imbalance, the College Board also added a few terms that critics complained were lacking from the new framework, such as the names of some Founding Fathers. And the company eliminated some controversial words and softened the tone of the framework, according to Jon Butler, historian who consulted for College Board as they revised the framework in 2015.

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The Planned Parenthood website was hacked on Wednesday, and the website was still offline as of Thursday morning. The group's website was also hacked on Monday as the group is under fire for edited, undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood confirmed the Wednesday hack in a statement attributing the attack to "anti-abortion extremists." Nobody has yet to claim responsibility for the hack, according to CNN.

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One week after a gunman killed two people after opening fire in a Lafayette, La. movie theater, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said that people should be able to bring firearms into movie theaters.

"I’m a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well," he said on CNN in response to a question about former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) recent comments about guns in theaters, according to The Hill.

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