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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

Just a few months after he signed a controversial religious freedom bill, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) issued a letter ostensibly to welcome the attendees of a Pride Festival in Indiana to the state, but failed to specifically mention the LGBT community, according to the Indy Star.

"On behalf of the people of Indiana, welcome to Indianapolis," Pence wrote in the letter. "I am confident that those of you who traveled from out of state will come to know our famous Hoosier Hospitality."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) apologized late Wednesday for making a joke about Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to bury his son Beau, who died of brain cancer.

"Vice President Joe Biden," Cruz said at a Livingston County Republican dinner in Howell, Mich., according to the Detroit News. "You know the nice thing? You don't need a punch line."

"I promise you it works," the senator continued. "The next party you're at, just walk up to someone and say, 'Vice President Joe Biden' and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing."

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Four people were charged with disturbing the peace after cheering too loudly at a high school graduation ceremony in Senatobia, Miss., Memphis television station WREG reported on Tuesday.

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where the ceremony was held, told WREG that Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster, told attendees at the ceremony to refrain from cheering and applause until the end of the ceremony.

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The Cleveland police officer acquitted in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects last month was charged with assault following an incident with his brother, according to Cleveland.com.

Michael Brelo was arrested last week after he allegedly hit his brother, Mark Brelo, in the head, face and body, according to Cleveland.com. Michael Brelo was drunk and showed "obvious signs of recent physical altercation" following the incident, according to the arrest report. He allegedly knocked on the doors of several homes in Bay Village, Ohio, before his arrest, according to the arrest report.

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), who recently announced his 2016 presidential bid, on Tuesday criticized former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) recent comments about transgender people.

"Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," Huckabee said earlier this year.

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Fox Business host John Stossel on Tuesday night lamented that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who was not hired at clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch when she wore a headscarf to the job interview.

"This is why people don’t hire in America anymore," Stossel said on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." "Nobody can understand the laws, and if you hire someone in a protected class, you may be sued if you ever try to fire them. Or if you don’t hire them you may be sued."

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