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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

After the owner of a Florida gun store came under scrutiny for declaring his shop a "Muslim-free zone," George Zimmerman decided to help the store with a fundraiser selling Confederate flag prints.

Andrew Hallinan, the owner of Florida Gun Supply, announced the fundraiser in a Monday video. He said that both the Confederate flag and George Zimmerman were "mistreated" by the media, though he acknowledged that the Confederate battle flag has been used by racists.

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Mike Huckabee was very clear on Thursday that he would not criticize Donald Trump -- or any other candidate -- to ensure his support if the former Arkansas governor wins the Republican presidential primary.

On Fox News' "America's Newsroom," host Bill Hemmer listed the Republican candidates who have launched attacks against Trump and asked Huckabee when he would do the same.

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After Donald Trump said that Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" during the Republican debate, Fox News hasn't made much reference to the comment that nearly caused a rift between the real estate mogul and the cable network.

Yet, "The Five" co-host Eric Bolling managed to slip in a reference during a segment on Kim Kardashian. While discussing Kardashian's promotion of medication without listing the side effects, Bolling offered a few possible symptoms she could have listed.

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Jeb Bush was forced to end a town hall event in Nevada early after Black Lives Matter activists interrupted the event by chanting at the former Florida governor and his supporters.

After Bush answered numerous questions at the town hall, protesters began to shout "Black Lives Matter," while a few of Bush's supporters responded with "All Lives Matter" chants, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Donald Trump explained his love for Twitter this week.

During an interview that aired Wednesday night, Fox News' Sean Hannity asked the real estate mogul whether he would still stay up in 1:00 a.m. on Twitter if elected president.

"Well, probably a little bit less, but I’ll tell you, it’s pretty amazing. I do get my point across," Trump said in response. "For years, if somebody did bad stuff to me, I couldn’t fight back. Now I have @realDonaldTrump, and I can sort of tweet some bad stuff about them. And if people like it, it’s all over the world."

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Carly Fiorina, who has been criticizing Donald Trump for his comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly, said that The Donald is not the only politician who makes unfair comments.

During an interview with GQ Magazine published on Wednesday, Fiorina responded to a question about how Trump talks about women. She said she feels she needs to criticize some of Trump's comments, and used the opportunity to slip in a reference to President Obama.

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The attempt to oust three conservative school board members in a Colorado county is drawing the interest of outside groups, including the the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, and may turn the local conflict into a national proxy fight over education issues like school choice, teacher pay and curriculum.

With the interest of Americans for Prosperity and the Independence Institute, a conservative group based on Colorado, the closely watched recall election in Jefferson County, Colorado, could take on outsize importance.

Jefferson County received national attention last year when the conservative school board majority set out to review the AP U.S. History curriculum and ensure that the course didn't "encourage or condone civil disorder." Even though the school board eventually scuttled the plan, opposition to the conservative majority has grown in the county among parents frustrated with the board's actions.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday laid out how he would tackle Planned Parenthood without the support of Congress if he were elected president.

When asked on about Iowa radio host Simon Conway about Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group released numerous edited videos about the women's health organization, Huckabee said he would use the Justice Department.

"I would have a Justice Department that would begin to criminally prosecute Planned Parenthood for violating federal law and selling body parts," Huckabee told Conway.

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to recognize same-sex marriages on death and birth certificates by Aug. 24, according to the Texas Tribune.

Paxton, along with another state official, was ordered last week to appear at a contempt of court hearing over the state's refusal to amend the death certificate of a Texas resident's spouse. According to John Stone-Hoskins, the state would not change the document following the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to note that his late husband had been married.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday took a swing at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, arguing that by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2009, Obama and his administration allowed the Islamic State to gain power.

"That premature withdrawal was the fatal error, creating the void that ISIS moved in to fill -- and that Iran has exploited to the full as well," Bush said during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., according to the New York Times.

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