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 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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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) said on Friday that in order to connect with female voters, the Republican party needs to bring policy explanations "down to a woman's level."

During a panel discussion on issues that women face and how the GOP can better reach women voters, the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee said that members of the party need to better "articulate ourselves," according to the Washington Examiner.

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A Federal Appeals Court on Monday ruled that the state of Texas must issue specialty license plates with Confederate flags, ruling that denying them violated the First Amendment.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicle rejected a specialty plate from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2011, which the court argued violated the free speech rights of the Confederate group. The judges ruled that the DMV engaged in "viewpoint discrimination" by not allowing certain specialty plates to be issued.

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