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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Charleston's Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Post and Courier, apologized on Thursday for running an ad for a gun shop on some of its papers Thursday morning, along with a headline about the shooting at a church that left nine people dead.

"The front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended," the paper wrote on Facebook in response to a complaint.

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President Obama on Thursday expressed his sorrow about the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston that left nine people dead on Wednesday, and he said the American government has the power to address gun violence.

Obama lamented that "someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."

He said that violence of this nature "doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency." He noted that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., were not likely to address gun violence in the near future, but said that the country must "shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively."

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday called the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston church "heartbreaking and deeply tragic" and confirmed that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office, would investigate the attack as a hate crime.

During a press conference, Lynch said she was committed to working with local authorities to "locate and to apprehend the perpetrator of this barbaric crime."

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President Obama will on Friday sit down for an interview with comedian Mark Maron and his popular podcast, "WTF With Marc Maron," Deadline reported on Thursday morning.

Maron then said in his Thursday podcast that he would be sitting down with the President in his Los Angeles garage to tape an interview for his Monday show.

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The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney's Office will open a hate crime investigation into the Wednesday mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., according to multiple news outlets.

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Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who also served as a Democratic South Carolina state senator, was killed in the Wednesday mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C., according to Charleston television station WCSC.

Pinckney was among the nine people killed when a white man opened fire during a Bible study meeting at his historic black church in downtown Charleston. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime, and were still searching for the gunman on Thursday morning.

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The white woman accused of making racist comments and starting a fight at a McKinney, Texas, community pool earlier in June said on Tuesday that she did not use racial slurs while arguing with black teenagers at the pool party.

"My kids were screaming and traumatized," Tracey Carver, the woman identified as one of two individuals who started a fight at the community pool, said in a statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I walked out to defuse the fight and did just that. I didn’t beat anyone nor use racial slurs of any kind."

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Jeb Bush, a Catholic, is not on board with Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical that will call on the world to acknowledge climate change and avoid "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem."

"I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," the former Republican Florida governor said at a Tuesday campaign rally in New Hampshire, according to MSNBC. "And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issues before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm."

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