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 the first black female mayor of Parma, Mo., took office last week, five of the town's six police officers resigned, Missouri television station KFVS reported.

The new mayor, Tyrus Byrd (pictured above on the right), was sworn in on Tuesday evening. Former Mayor Randall Ramsey told KFVS that in addition to the five police officers, the city's attorney, clerk and water treatment plant supervisor resigned due to "safety concerns."

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday dismissed the idea that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) represents a new generation of candidates in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

ABC's "This Week" host Martha Raddatz asked McCaskill to respond to Rubio's statement that the election will be a "generational choice," referring to Hillary Clinton as a "leader from yesterday."

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Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday said that he doesn't believe that being gay is a choice, but he maintained that he does not support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Last week, Rubio said that he would attend the wedding of a friend or family member who is gay, and on Sunday CBS' "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer asked Rubio if he believes homosexuality is a choice.

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President Obama tore into Senate Republicans on Friday for delaying the confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next attorney general during a joint press conference with the Italian prime minister.

"We’ve actually seen some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress over the last couple of weeks," Obama said. "And yet what we still have is this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified ... has been now sitting there longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined."

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Florida officials have repeatedly denied that the state government has banned environmental officials from discussing climate change, but emails from Florida officials released on Wednesday may refute the claim.

As ThinkProgress noted, Greenpeace released an email exchange that appears to show two Florida officials discussing a scientist's appearance discussing sea level rise in Florida.

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Doug Hughes, the Florida mailman who flew his gyrocopter through restricted airspace and onto the U.S. Capitol grounds earlier this week, was released from jail on Thursday, but was placed in home detention while he faces charges

Hughes was charged with flying an unlicensed gyrocopter, which is a felony, and with violation national defense airspace, which is a misdemeanor. He could face up to three years in prison for the felony charge and up to one year for the misdemeanor, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was also barred from returning to Washington, D.C. or operating an aircraft.

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Fox Business host Charles Payne on Wednesday said that he thinks President Obama may issue reparations for slavery in 2016, which Payne said would be a "mistake."

Payne mentioned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's support for a reparations package for torture victims of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Payne said that this news suggested that the White House may also push for reparations and apologize for slavery.

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A Florida official on Wednesday repeated the phrase "climate change" during a state senate committee hearing in an attempt to prove that the Florida government does not ban its employees form using terms like "climate change" and "global warming."

Jonathan Steverson, the former director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, was appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott (pictured above) in December as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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A Republican Florida state senator on Tuesday grilled a lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity about the group's mailers criticizing senators' support for a Medicaid expansion bill, calling the mailers "misleading."

During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services hearing on Tuesday, state Sen. Rene Garcia said that Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the Koch brothers, had sent mailers to the residents in his district claiming that Garcia has not addressed the issue of telemedicine.

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