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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

As Baltimore residents continue to protest the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday accused President Obama of worsening racial tensions in the country.

"President Obama, when he was elected, he could have been a unifying figure," Cruz said at a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event, according to Politico. "He could have chosen to be a leader on race relations and bring us together. And he hasn’t done that, he’s made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions that have divided us rather than bringing us together."

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During Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday night, Fox reporter Leland Vittert attempted to interview Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), only to have the congressman tell everyone to go home.

Vittert spoke briefly with Cummings and state Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh about the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray. But Cummings quickly began to walk away, telling people to go home in time for the 10 p.m. curfew.

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Hal Heiner, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Kentucky, on Wednesday apologized after he was linked to allegations against his opponent in the Republican primary.

Blogger Michael Adams had accused Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer of assaulting a woman he dated at Western Kentucky University. He told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he contacted people associated with Heiner's campaign about the allegations against Comer.

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During Fox News' "Hannity" Tuesday night, Geraldo Rivera interviewed state Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh from the middle of a crowd of protesters in Baltimore, who told Rivera that the media presence at the protests was not helpful.

Before beginning his interview with Pugh, Rivera yelled at a protester for stepping in front of the camera.

"You’re making a fool of yourself," Rivera said.

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Oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges case were interrupted on Tuesday afternoon by a man inside the courtroom screaming his opposition to same-sex marriage, according to multiple news reports.

TPM Bureau Chief David Kurtz, who was reporting from inside the hearing, said a white male stood up and began shouting approximately thirty minutes into the oral argument.

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In the months leading up to Tuesday's oral arguments on whether states can ban same-sex marriage, individuals, groups, and governments were able to submit briefs to the Supreme Court either defending or refuting the bans.

The Supreme Court received a record number of amicus briefs for this case, as well as briefs from the four states defending their state bans: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee.

The governors and attorneys general from Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina submitted briefs with particularly bizarre arguments defending state bans on gay marriage.

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