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

Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday after a plane he was flying crashed on a golf course in Mar Vista, Calif., according to reports from NBC News and TMZ.

According to NBC News, Ford was stabilized and taken to a local hospital for treatment. NBC reported that Ford was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital and that he was in "fair to moderate" condition. NBC did not have information on what caused the vintage World War II plane Ford was piloting to crash.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) got himself into some hot water after he suggested on Sunday that President Obama may demand that black criminals not be prosecuted, prompting Kobach to defend his comments on Thursday.

During a Sunday discussion on the Kris Kobach Show, a caller told Kobach that "word is going to come down that there just won't be any prosecutions of black criminals and I can see it happening."

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A Tennessee state Senate committee did not approve a funding extension for the state's Economic Council on Women after a Republican lawmaker wondered why there wasn't an equivalent for men, the Huffington Post reported.

The Tennessee legislature established the council in 1998, and the council has since conducted research on issues like employment practices, education, child care, and domestic violence.

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Now that the Department of Justice has announced that it will not seek charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown's family will file a civil wrongful death lawsuit, according to the family's lawyer.

Anthony Gray, the Brown family's lawyer, said on Thursday morning that he would be filing a lawsuit "shortly."

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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday said that the city had fired one official and was investigating two others after the Justice Department uncovered numerous racist messages sent on city email accounts.

During its investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department found numerous racially charged emails sent by city officials. Knowles said that the emails were sent by the three individuals.

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The Department of Justice issued a report on Wednesday detailing what it alleged was the Ferguson Police Department's pattern of racial bias and violations of people's Constitutional rights.

Shortly after the release, Attorney General Eric Holder held a news conference in which he said the police had created a "highly toxic environment" for the residents of Ferguson, especially for blacks.

"These policing practices disproportionately harm African American residents," Holder said, according to prepared remarks from the news conference. "In fact, our review of the evidence found no alternative explanation for the disproportionate impact on African American residents other than implicit and explicit racial bias."

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said that while the Justice Department cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of any civil rights violations in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Holder understands why the city of Ferguson reacted to the death with widespread protests.

"It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg," Holder said at a news conference detailing the Justice Department's investigations into Brown's death and the Ferguson Police Department's conduct.

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