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

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday night averted about $3 billion in food stamps cuts over the next 10 years, becoming the first Republican governor to do so since Congress slashed the program at the end of January, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The governor will preserve benefits for about 400,000 households in the state by increasing aid through the "Heat and Eat" assistance program, according to the Inquirer.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday ruled that it is not a crime to take photos up women's skirts on public transportation because existing law only applies photographing people nude or partially nude in private, according to MassLive.

"We conclude that (the law), as written, as the defendant suggests, is concerned with proscribing Peeping Tom voyeurism of people who are completely or partially undressed and, in particular, such voyeurism enhanced by electronic devices. (The law) does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA," the decision reads.

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Heritage Foundation chief Jim DeMint, often considered the face of the Tea Party, on Tuesday distanced himself from the movement.

"I’m really not involved with it at all, and I'm not involved with Senate elections," DeMint told Wall Street Journal Live's Mary Kissel when she asked why Tea Party candidates were behind in primary races. "What we’re doing is trying to cultivate the right ideas."

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