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

House conservatives pushed Republican leaders to attach a provision to the government funding bill that would let some employers opt out of covering contraception for employees.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposed the language and Democrats ultimately kept Republicans from including it in the funding measure, congressional sources told Politico.

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CIA Director John Brennan defended the the agency's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report critical of the program on Tuesday.

"As a result of these efforts, including the many sacrifices made by CIA officers and their families, countless lives have been saved and our Homeland is more secure," Brennan said in a statement about the CIA's efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.

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After the Rolling Stone managing editor on Friday said that the magazine had "misplaced" trust with alleged gang rape victim Jackie, one of her friends quoted in the article disputed some of the details about the alleged assault at a University of Virginia fraternity.

In an interview with the Washington Post on Friday night, Jackie's friend "Andy" said that Jackie told him she was assaulted the night of the alleged incident.

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Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, on Sunday said that she felt that the police were biased toward her husband, but not necessarily because of his race.

"I feel that he was murdered unjustly. I don't even feel like it's a black and white thing, honestly, you know, in my opinion," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I feel like it's just something that he continued to do and the police knew. You know, they knew. It wasn't like it was a shock. They knew. You know? They knew him by name."

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New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D) on Sunday dismissed former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's (R) remarks last week that the "responsibility is on the black community" to reduce the need for police presence.

"I think he fundamentally misunderstands the reality," DeBlasio said about Giuliani on ABC's "This Week." "We're trying to bring police and community together. There is a problem here. There is a rift here that has to be overcome,"

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In its Saturday cold open, "Saturday Night Live" commented on the grand jury's decision not to indict a New York police officer for the death of Eric Garner and the disapproval that transcended politics

"For the first time in my life, everyone agrees with me. Folks are high fiving with me, inviting me places. This must be what it feels like to be Beyonce," Al Sharpton, played by Keenan Thompson, said.

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