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 Florida school district will not celebrate Religious Freedom Day on Friday due to concerns about a satanic group handing out materials to students.

The Orange County school district, which includes Orlando, recognized the event for a few years with free Bibles from a Christian group. Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued and won the right to distribute atheist materials to students.

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The Moroccan-born Muslim mayor of the Dutch city Rotterdam last week told his fellow Muslims living in the West that if they don't like it there, then they should "fuck off."

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who immigrated to the Netherlands at age 15, spoke out against the attack on Charlie Hebdo's Paris headquarters on the day of the attack, and he did not hold back.

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The New York Times public editor on Wednesday said she disagreed with the paper's decision not to publish an image of Charlie Hebdo's new cover, which features a Muhammed cartoon. Margaret Sullivan said she respected the Times policy of not publishing the controversial Muhammed cartoons, but in this case she felt the news value of the cover outweighed the potential for offending readers.

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The Virginia GOP chair is working to expel Michigan Committeeman Dave Agema from the Republican National Committee's winter meeting after Agema stirred yet another controversy with a racist Facebook post.

Chairman Pat Mullins is circulating a letter urging his fellow Republicans to keep Agema out of the San Diego meeting and to boot him from the RNC for good, National Journal reported on Tuesday.

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A Kentucky police officer has filed a lawsuit against a gun store after he accidentally shot his finger off with a loaded handgun given to him by the store clerk.

Officer Darrell Smith asked a clerk at Barren Outdoors to see a .380 caliber handgun in March, according to WKBO-TV. Smith examined the gun and cocked it, not realizing it was loaded. He then accidentally shot part of his index finger off.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday conceded that the White House should have sent a more senior American official to the Unity rally in Paris.

"Some have asked whether or not the United States should have sent someone with a higher profile than the ambassador to France. And I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there," Earnest said at the White House press briefing.

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The Texas police officer fired for using a Taser on a 76-year-old man will appeal the Victoria Police Department's decision to terminate him, according to the Victoria Advocate.

The officer's lawyer, Greg Cagle, doesn't believe the he violated department policy or the law.

"It came at a bad time in the country - the timing of it was bad, but clearly the stop was legal, the detention was lawful, the request for the guy to stand there was a lawful, legal request, and then his resistance was a basis for him to be arrested," he said.

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