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

A lawyer representing Kim Davis on Sunday defended the Kentucky clerk's refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by comparing her situation to President Abraham Lincoln's opposition to the Dred Scott ruling.

During a segment on C-SPAN, Mat Staver, a lawyer for the conservative Liberty Counsel, responded to a caller's condemnation of Davis' refusal to fulfill her duties as a government worker.

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Ahead of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' return to work on Monday after being jailed for contempt of court, a gay rights group put up a billboard in her hometown taunting her about the definition of marriage.

Planting Peace, the same group that painted a rainbow flag on the house across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, is responsible for the billboard. It reads, "Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage."

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After Ben Carson this week dismissed those who believe in climate change and claimed that there is not significant evidence to back it up, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) took it upon himself to provide Carson with some reading material on the science behind climate change.

Carson made the remarks on Tuesday in response to July comments made by Brown, in which the governor called climate change skeptics "troglodytes."

"I know there are a lot of people who say ‘overwhelming science,’ but then when you ask them to show the overwhelming science, they never can show it,” Carson told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday. "There is no overwhelming science that the things that are going on are man-caused and not naturally caused."

"Gimme a break," the presidential candidate added.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Friday morning defended the 1995 government shutdown, arguing that government shutdowns are effective if lawmakers reach a resolution quickly.

"The government shutdown actually worked because it ended up, Brian, at the end of the day producing the first balanced budget since we walked on the moon," Kasich told Fox News radio host Brian Kilmeade when asked about the 1995 shutdown and how another government closure could hurt Republicans.

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Hillary Clinton did not hold back in a Thursday evening speech at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, blasting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his ties to the Koch brothers.

"It seems to me, just observing him, that Governor Walker thinks because he busts unions, starves universities, guts public education, demeans women, scapegoats teachers, nurses, and firefighters, he is some kind of tough guy on a motorcycle, a real leader," she said, according to Politico. "Well, that is not leadership, folks. Leadership means fighting for the people you represent."

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After faking a gay sex scandal to cover up an affair, Michigan state Rep. Todd Courser (R) resigned and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R) was expelled from the Michigan House early Friday morning.

Courser's alleged extramarital affair with Gamrat was exposed by the Detroit News in August after Courser reportedly asked one of his aides to leak that Courser was spotted with a male prostitute. Courser later claimed that he faked the gay sex scandal to expose blackmailers.

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CNN on Thursday night announced the lineup for the upcoming Republican presidential debate, cementing Carly Fiorina's spot in the prime-time debate.

Following criticism over its rules for inclusion in the main debate, CNN announced earlier in September that those candidates who saw a surge in the polls after the first debate have a shot at making the main stage.

The main debate at 8 p.m. ET will include 11 candidates: Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and Carly Fiorina.

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As calls for the Democratic National Committee to hold more than six Democratic primary debates escalated this week, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said that she would not change the party's policies.

"We’re not changing the process," she said at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday, according to The Hill.

The DNC in August scheduled just six Democratic debates and has barred Democratic candidates from participating in debates not sanctioned by the DNC if they wish to speak at the official debates. Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday that those rules would not change.

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