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.

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The Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples across the U.S. have the right to marry left officials in Texas reeling.

Following the ruling, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a directive on Friday ordering state agencies to "prioritize compliance" with the First Amendment and Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The directive states that agencies should make sure that nobody "takes any adverse action against" people "substantially motivated by sincere religious belief."

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After the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couple have the right to marry, President Obama called Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the case. "Your leadership on this has changed the country," Obama told Obergefell over the phone, a moment captured on air on CNN. "I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband."

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday declared that nothing will change the definition of marriage, despite the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples in the U.S. have the right to marry.

"Today’s ruling by five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound. Far from a victory for anyone, this is instead a dilution of marriage as a societal institution," Paxton said in a statement.

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Many conservatives felt betrayed on Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act, prompting one Republican congressman to attempt exacting revenge on the justices.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) on Thursday introduced the SCOTUScare Act, which would require the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in health plans through an exchange established by Obamacare, The Hill reported.

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The Charleston mayor was left nearly speechless on Wednesday when asked to respond to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) comments that the victims in the Charleston shooting may have been able to stop the attack if they had been carrying handguns.

"That is so ridiculous," Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley told Fox News radio host Alan Colmes. "I mean, I knew these people. I’m looking that their pictures right now in front of me. They weren’t going to be carrying handguns. You want an 87-year old retired lady or you want a minister to be carrying a handgun or a 78-year old retired lady that used to work for the city of Charleston? That is so insane. You want those elderly people carrying handguns? Is that the best we can do in America?"

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Buckwheat Zydeco, a Louisiana Zydeco musician, on Thursday decried Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) after he used one of Zydeco's songs at his presidential campaign announcement.

Jindal played Zydeco's cover of “Hey, Good Lookin'” at his launch on Wednesday, which prompted the musician to tweet his disapproval, according to Gambit Weekly. Zydeco instead indicated that he was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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After the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act, conservatives were left to grapple with the fact that the court has twice upheld a law they utterly loathe.

And although many Republican lawmakers issued run-of-the-mill statements assuring their constituents that they would continue the fight against Obamacare, some conservatives could not hide their disappointment with the ruling and disgust with the Supreme Court.

Some lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the liberal justices on Obamacare again. A few conservatives took their anger out at President Obama, and some even tore into each other.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday railed against President Obama and the Supreme Court after the justices upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Today’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare is a socialist takeover of health care forced down the throats of the American people without proper review, and it does not slow the massive and unprecedented transfer of wealth that is at the heart of the subsidy system," Bryant said in a statement.

"Make no mistake—Obamacare is not about helping those in need or improving health care delivery," he continued. "It is about destabilizing our health care system, ceding more control to centralized government and replacing individual liberty with government dependence."

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