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

A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported.

Multiple people called the police when they saw Leonard Embody with a gun near the school, but he was not arrested because he did not walk onto the school grounds. Open carry is legal in Tennessee.

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Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH) was seriously injured when the tractor he was riding on his daughter's farm flipped over on Tuesday, according to WFMJ.

Traficant was pulling the tractor into the barn at his daughter's Mahoning County, Ohio farm. Police told WFMJ that the tractor likely hit a steel blade, causing the tractor to flip over and trap him underneath.

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Martha McSally, a Republican congressional candidate in Arizona, on Tuesday reversed her position on gun restrictions for convicted stalkers after she denounced an ad that attacked her position on the issue.

McSally, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, said that she supports a bill that would keep individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking offenses from purchasing guns.

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Hundreds of Jefferson County, Colo. high school students walked out of class on Monday to protest the district school board's plan to remove the teaching of "civil disobedience" in the AP U.S. History curriculum.

Students believe the proposed changes are an act of censorship, prompting 100 to 200 Evergreen High School students to walk out of class in protest for about 45 minutes, the Denver Post reported.

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Democratic State Rep. Paul Davis' lead over Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has decreased among likely voters, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday.

In the Monday poll, 47 percent said they would vote for Davis and 43 percent said they would vote for Brownback. In an August Rasmussen poll, 51 percent of likely voters said they favored Davis and 41 percent said they favored Brownback.

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The St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy will offer a course for police offers in October to teach them how to "win with the media" when dealing with the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting.

The course will cover the shooting of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown. The flyer promoting the class called Brown's death "tragic," but promised that the course would be "highly entertaining."

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