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

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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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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