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 editor-in-chief of French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Sunday slammed media outlets who didn't show the Muhammed cartoons following the Paris attack.

"This cartoon is not just a little figure, a little Muhammad drawn by Luz. It's a symbol. It’s the symbol of freedom of speech, of freedom of conscience, of democracy, and secularism," Editor-In-Chief Gerard Birard said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is this symbol that these newspapers refuse to publish, this is what they must understand. When they refuse to publish this cartoon, when they blur it out, when they decline to publish it, they blur out democracy, secularism, freedom of conscience, and they insult the citizenship."

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Tuesday condemned the conservative blog of a Republican state Board of Education member over its description of President Obama as a "half-breed," according to the Omaha World-Herald.

"While many Nebraskans disagree with our president on many issues, he is deserving of the same civility and respect we give one another," Ricketts said, according to the World-Herald. "There is no room for bigotry. I am deeply disappointed and unequivocally condemn these comments."

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The Republican National Committee's executive committee voted on Wednesday to censure Michigan national committeeman Dave Agema over racist and anti-gay comments he has made over the past year, according to Time Magazine.

The executive committee also called for Agema's resignation from the RNC in a closed-door vote at the winter meeting in San Diego. According to the Washington Times, the RNC cannot remove Agema, but the committee asked the Michigan state party "to investigate a means to have the state party remove him."

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