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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

After a Confederate monument in Rockville Md., was painted with the phrase, "Black Lives Matter," Montgomery County officials on Friday built a wooden box around the statue for protection until they can move it from the city, according to The Washington Post.

Officials have also erected a security light near the statue of the Confederate soldier, which was spray-painted a week before the wooden box was put in place.

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A school resource officer in Kentucky placed handcuffs on a third-grade boy with disabilities as he cried, according to a video released on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU released the video along with a lawsuit filed against the Kenton County Sheriff's Office in Covington, Ky., due to numerous incidents. The ACLU alleges that Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer, shackled an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old with their hands behind their backs. Both students have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the ACLU.

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The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a Saturday morning car fire at the construction site for a new Planned Parenthood clinic in New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle on fire inside the locked gate of the construction site and extinguished the blaze, according to the Times-Picayune. Nobody was injured in the fire, Melissa Flournoy, the director of Planned Parenthood Louisiana, told the Times-Picayune.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night took a hit at former President Bill Clinton while trying to attack Hillary Clinton's credibility.

While discussing threats to the United States at a candidate forum in New Hampshire, Graham said that Hillary Clinton is "the last person in the world you want to send into the arena with the Russians."

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After Donald Trump shared Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) cell phone number with supporters during a speech in South Carolina, Gawker on Monday attempted to exact some revenge by sharing The Donald's personal phone number with the Internet.

A call to the number by TPM was met with a busy signal, but Trump's aide sometimes answers his phone, according to Gawker.

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After Donald Trump sued Jose Andres for pulling his forthcoming restaurant from the real estate mogul's new Washington, D.C. hotel, the famed chef slammed Trump in a Saturday statement.

"This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit," Andres said in a statement about the lawsuit on Saturday, according to Politico. "Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy. And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease."

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One person was shot and killed outside the Madison County courthouse in Canton, Miss. just before 9 a.m. on Monday morning, according to local news reports.

The shooter, who has not been identified, has surrendered to police, the Clarion-Ledger reported. The victim was identified by his family as Kendrick Brown, according to the Clarion Ledger. District attorney Michael Guest said that Brown was on the circuit court docket on Monday for drug-related charges, according to Jackson television station WAPT.

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When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement on Sunday, Donald Trump said that he felt that police actions toward black individuals constituted a "crisis," but that police need the "power" to fight "rampant" crime.

In discussing the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Trump, "Do you see this as a crisis in America?"

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Many Republican presidential candidates may be frustrated with the amount of attention given to Donald Trump's candidacy, but retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson seems relieved that the real estate mogul has been hogging the spotlight.

NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday asked Carson if Trump's recent success running as a political outsider has helped Carson, the other Republican candidate in the presidential race without previous political experience.

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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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