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

It's safe to say that many Washington, D.C., residents are unhappy with a provision in the federal government funding bill that would block the implementation of the district's ballot measure legalizing weed.

D.C. voters passed a ballot measure in November to legalize marijuana, but the federal government technically has the power to withhold funding for the city government to regulate the sale of the drug or to collect taxes on it. So while the legalization measure can still technically go through, Congress has handcuffed the city government over regulation.

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During CIA Director John Brennan's response to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the torture techniques the CIA used on detainees after 9/11, staffers for committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) offered a live rebuttal.

Brennan acknowledged that the CIA had its shortcomings following 9/11, but Feinstein objected to some of his defenses.

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The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him apologized on Wednesday.

Ben Edelman was charged $4 more than the online menu for the Sichuan Garden in Brookline advertised. After contacting the restaurant, which explained that the online menu was outdated, Edelman cited Massachusetts statute and threatened a lawsuit.

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The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant over an outdated online menu may have improperly cited Massachusetts law in doing so.

Ben Edelman claims that the Sichuan Garden in Brookline overcharged him by $4 — each item Edelman purchased cost $1 more than the online menu advertised.

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A former Washington state employee has filed a lawsuit against the state alleging that her supervisor coerced her into a longterm sexual and abusive relationship, Washington television station King 5 News reported this week.

Barbara Eller, a former assistant caregiver at a school for the mentally disabled, said she was sexually assaulted by her male co-worker over seven years. The school is run by the state Department of Social and Health Services.

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction last week encouraged high school teachers to use a history curriculum drafted by a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

The state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring public schools in the state to offer a history course on the "Founding Principles," which was based on model legislation from the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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After the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the torture techniques used by the CIA, the hosts of Fox News' "Outnumbered" lashed out at Senate Democrats' for publicizing CIA interrogation methods.

Co-host Andrea Tantaros accused Democrats of resurfacing torture techniques that the CIA has already stopped using for political reasons.

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