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

President Obama called out Republican lawmakers who claim they aren't scientists when asked if they believe climate change is man-made.

"I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists that we don’t have enough information to act," Obama said. "Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. And the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate."

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Multiple congressional lawmakers will hold up yellow pencils when President Obama references the recent terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during his State of the Union speech, according to Time magazine.

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) will participate in the display of solidarity, and her spokesman said that other members will join her. According to the Daily Beast, at least 10 lawmakers will hold up pencils, which have been used as a symbol of freedom of speech following the Paris attack.

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After the Paris mayor threatened to sue Fox News on Tuesday over the network's recent bogus reports on Muslim "no-go zones" in the city, the network responded that the mayor's comments were "misplaced."

"We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced," Fox News Executive Vice President Michael Clemente said in a Tuesday statement, according to Mediaite.

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When Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) passed away in October 2013, the process to account for his Capitol Hill belongings quickly dissolved into bickering and chaos, according to an exhaustive new account from CQ Roll Call.

Beverly Young, the congressman's widow, claims that after her husband passed, some of his possessions and memorabilia quickly disappeared from his office in the Capitol, including $10,000 in cash.

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The editor-in-chief of French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Sunday slammed media outlets who didn't show the Muhammed cartoons following the Paris attack.

"This cartoon is not just a little figure, a little Muhammad drawn by Luz. It's a symbol. It’s the symbol of freedom of speech, of freedom of conscience, of democracy, and secularism," Editor-In-Chief Gerard Birard said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is this symbol that these newspapers refuse to publish, this is what they must understand. When they refuse to publish this cartoon, when they blur it out, when they decline to publish it, they blur out democracy, secularism, freedom of conscience, and they insult the citizenship."

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