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

Wheaton College on Sunday removed the name of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) from the school's Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy.

Hastert was indicted last week over an alleged agreement to pay $3.5 million in hush money to an unidentified individual to keep them quiet about "prior misconduct."

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Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, appeared on "Judge Judy" as a college student, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The Marlyand state's attorney's office confirmed to the Baltimore Sun that Mosby, nee James, was awarded $1731.90 to pay for damage to her house. appeared on the show in 2000 while she was a student at Tuskegee University after a neighbor broke down her door and trashed her apartment.

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The Illinois House has suspended an effort to place a statue of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) in the Illinois Capitol after Hastert asked lawmakers not to spend state funds on the project, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Hastert was indicted on Thursday for paying $3.5 million in hush money to someone from the town where he taught high school to keep them quiet about "prior misconduct."

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One of the gay hoteliers who held a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in April made a contribution to the senator's presidential campaign, even though he insisted that the event was not a fundraiser.

Ian Reisner made a $2,700 donation, the maximum amount allowed, around the time of the controversial dinner, the New York Times reported on Friday morning. Following the dinner and backlash from the gay community, Reisner asked for a refund from the Cruz campaign.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is mulling a 2016 presidential bid, reversed his position on Common Core and on Thursday proposed that New Jersey drop the education standards.

"It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted and the truth is that it's simply not working," Christie said during a speech at Burlington County College, according to NJ.com. "It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents and has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work."

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CNN host Anderson Cooper on Thursday sparred with the Arizona man who organized a "draw Muhammad" cartoon event, and asked him why he planned an event that could provoke backlash.

Arizona resident Jon Ritzheimer has planned a Muhammad cartoon contest and rally for Friday outside the mosque attended by the two gunmen who opened fire outside of anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest earlier in May.

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Herman Cain's website, CainTV, on Thursday took a jab at former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for launching another presidential bid.

Herman Cain, who suspended his own 2012 presidential campaign in December 2011, tweeted a link to the article by Cain Media writer Robert Laurie about "a doomed Rick Santorum candidacy."

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