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.

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Paul McLeod, the owner of an Elvis Presley attraction in Holly Springs, Miss., was found dead on the front porch of his home-turned-museum on Thursday morning, less than two days after he shot and killed a man during an altercation just inside his home Tuesday evening, according to the Daily Journal.

McLeod's cause of death wasn't immediately apparent to the police. Marshall County Coroner Richard Anderson told the Daily Journal that there were no signs of trauma, but that he had yet to complete an autopsy.

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Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) campaign on Wednesday said it was time for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) to concede the U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi.

Austin Barbour (pictured), an advisor to Cochran's campaign, said during a press conference that McDaniel's lawyers have yet to provide "any numbers or facts."

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A loaded gun was found on top of a toilet paper dispenser in the bathroom of a York, S.C. Wal-Mart on Saturday, police told The Herald.

After a customer found the gun, the store's assistant manager called the police and locked the bathroom. Police found a a gray Smith & Wesson revolver with five live .38 caliber rounds, according to the police report.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) lawyers held a press conference on Wednesday to clarify that they are not yet formally challenging the results of the Mississippi primary runoff election between McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran (R).

"This is not a challenge right now," said Mississippi state Sen. Michael Watson, one of McDaniel's lawyers. "It’s a look under the hood of the election process."

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A GOP candidate for a congressional seat representing Washington's fourth district used the Bible on Saturday to back up his approach to the environment and energy.

“I’m going to quote from the Bible: ‘The Earth was put here for the benefit of man,'" attorney George Cicotte said during a candidate forum when asked about energy policy. “We’re stewards of this earth. We have a responsibility to use it reasonably, conservatively. In fact, I’ve always thought environmentalism should be a conservative issue. We don’t think the environment is sacred. It’s here for our use, and we treat it respectably.”

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One of hosts of the Maine "Aroostook Watchmen" radio show, who considers himself a "sovereign citizen," was convicted on Monday for operating a vehicle without a license, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Jack McCarthy was one of the men who reportedly met with Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) about hanging Democratic state lawmakers as punishment for treason. LePage denied that he was part of any discussions about executing lawmakers.

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Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented journalist and activist, was released by U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday after he was arrested before boarding a flight from McAllen, Tex. to Los Angeles, Calif., according to a statement from Vargas' organization Define American.

"I’ve been released by Border Patrol. I want to thank everyone who stands by me and the undocumented immigrants of south Texas and across the country. Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family," Vargas said in the statement.

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