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

The Republican staffer who lectured Sasha and Malia Obama on their clothes and told them to "try showing a little class" wasn't exactly a perfect teenager herself.

Elizabeth Lauten was arrested at age 17 for misdemeanor larceny after she allegedly stole from a Belk Department store in North Carolina, according to court records reviewed by The Smoking Gun. The charges were dismissed since Lauten was a first-time offender and she didn't get into additional trouble.

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The National Football League will not discipline St. Louis Rams players who stood with their arms up before their Sunday game to show support for the Ferguson protesters.

The St. Louis Police Association on Sunday night called on the NFL to punish the five players who entered the stadium with their hands up. The police group said the gesture was "tasteless, offensive and inflammatory."

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Sunday said he didn't think Democrats were wrong to pass Obamacare in 2010, even though Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suggested this week that the timing was off on the bill's passage.

Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats "put all of our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform." He said Americans just wanted "better wages and more jobs."

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A Republican staffer apologized on Friday for comments she made about the way Sasha and Malia Obama dressed for the turkey pardoning ceremony on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), wrote in a Facebook post that the Obama girls did not dress with "class" and looked like they were dressed for "a spot at a bar."

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Wisconsin state Rep. Bill Kramer (R) was sentenced to five months in prison on Tuesday after he was charged with two counts of sexual assault, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Outside a Republican Party event in Musekgo, Wis., in 2011, Kramer allegedly shoved a woman against a car, groped and kissed her, and made lewd comments, as she told him to stop and tried to free herself from his grip.

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