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.

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It seems the chair of the Alabama Democratic Party gave her friends and colleagues a little too much information in her annual holiday letter.

During a long-winded tale about her knee injury, Chairwoman Nancy Worley threw in a paragraph about how she got stuck on her toilet, according to a copy of the letter received by Alabama Media Group columnist Kyle Whitmire.

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After a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November, officers pushed his 14-year-old sister to the ground and handcuffed her, according to extended video of the incident published by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

About two minutes into the surveillance video from a nearby recreation center, a young woman identified as Rice's sister ran toward the boy. Officers can be seen forcing her to the ground, handcuffing her, and eventually leading her to the back of the police car.

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The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice had previously failed the written exam to be a deputy in the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, according to documents reviewed by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Timothy Loehmann took the exam in September 2013 and scored a 46 percent on the cognitive exam administered by the department. The department considers a 70 percent a passing score.

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The victim killed in the shooting at a VA clinic in El Paso, Texas, was a doctor, the FBI confirmed to the Washington Post on Wednesday.

The gunman shot and killed himself at the VA clinic attached to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty, the commanding general at Fort Bliss, said on Tuesday night. He did not provide details on the identity of the shooter or victim.

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The editor of the French satirical magazine Stephane Charbonnier, who went by Charb, fought for the freedom of speech despite receiving death threats over the controversial cartoons he published.

Charb, who was killed in the attack on the magazine's headquarters on Wednesday, told French paper Le Monde in 2012 that he would rather "die standing than live on my knees," according to the New York Times.

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The Associated Press on Wednesday removed photos that included French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Muhammed cartoons from its commercial photo system following the attack on the magazine, Buzzfeed News reported.

The photos that include the cartoons will remain on the wire service. The images of the cartoons on the AP wire service, including the one below, were taken by photographers with SIPA, a French Photo agency.

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