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

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Sunday disputed claims that the Obama administration threatened to prosecute the families of the journalists killed by ISIS.

On Friday, Steven Sotloff's family told Yahoo News that White House counterterrorism official told them that if they paid a ransom to ISIS, they could face criminal prosecution. The family of James Foley recalled similar threats from the White House.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Sunday said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would need to resign if he did lie about what the league knew about Ray Rice's domestic assault and the video of him hitting his fiancee.

"Initially I wanted him lead the reform to actually create and enforce a zero-tolerance policy," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation," but said she could change her mind.

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Rep. Mark Sanford's (R-SC) former fiancée had no idea that he was going to announce their break-up in a Facebook post, and said the engagement ended because she "was not useful to him anymore."

While he was governor of South Carolina, Sanford admitted to having an affair with Maria Belen Chapur. He then left his wife, Jenny Sanford, and and later got engaged to Chapur.

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that the U.S. is "at war" with ISIS, signaling a terminology shift in the the administration's description of its mission to defeat the Islamic State.

Though he said that the country is at war, Kerry said that the exact words used to discuss the efforts don't matter.

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The Colorado state school board did not take up a resolution to denounce the AP U.S. History course framework and instead held a debate on the new exam during a Wednesday meeting, according to Chalkbeat Colorado.

After national Republicans decried the "radically revisionist view of American history" in the new framework, Paul Lundeen, the Republican chair of the Colorado Board of Education proposed a resolution bashing the exam. The resolution would have also asked the College Board to delay the new exam for a year.

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Though many in the GOP are less than thrilled about Terri Lynn Land's decision not to debate her Democratic opponent in the Michigan Senate race, one Michigan Republican with a tendency for offensive statements said he's fine with Land's under-the-radar campaign.

Dave Agema, a Republican National Committeeman who has called gay people "filthy" and compared being gay to alcoholism, said that he just hopes Land wins.

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Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's (D-MO) Kansas City, Mo. office early Thursday morning, police told KCTV.

Police responded to a security alarm around 3 a.m. and found that a window was smashed. On the ground below the window police said they found two broken bottles with paper towels in them that looked like Molotov cocktails, according to KCTV. The officers also smelled of lighter fluid.

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