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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

After about a year of criticism from conservatives targeting the College Board's "revisionist" course framework for the advanced placement U.S. history exam, the company on Thursday released new revisions to the course standards to address certain complaints.

The College Board described the new standards in a Thursday statement as "a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history." After constant concern from critics over the AP U.S. History standards, the College Board said it took public feedback into account when drafting this latest revision. The College Board attempted to address those concerns by making statements in the standards "clearer and more historically precise, and less open to misinterpretation or perceptions of imbalance," according to the statement.

In addition to attempting to address broad concerns about imbalance, the College Board also added a few terms that critics complained were lacking from the new framework, such as the names of some Founding Fathers. And the company eliminated some controversial words and softened the tone of the framework, according to Jon Butler, historian who consulted for College Board as they revised the framework in 2015.

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The Planned Parenthood website was hacked on Wednesday, and the website was still offline as of Thursday morning. The group's website was also hacked on Monday as the group is under fire for edited, undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood confirmed the Wednesday hack in a statement attributing the attack to "anti-abortion extremists." Nobody has yet to claim responsibility for the hack, according to CNN.

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One week after a gunman killed two people after opening fire in a Lafayette, La. movie theater, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said that people should be able to bring firearms into movie theaters.

"I’m a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well," he said on CNN in response to a question about former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) recent comments about guns in theaters, according to The Hill.

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Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential field in yet another poll on Thursday, but his favorability was the lowest of any candidate and he lost all three match-ups with Democrats tested by Quinnipiac University in a poll released on Thursday.

Twenty percent of registered Republican voters said they would vote for Trump in the Republican primary, with 13 percent favoring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and 10 percent choosing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

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The Drudge Report on Wednesday pondered whether Pope Francis, who has recently fallen out of favor with some conservatives, is actually the "antichrist," noting that the pope's "stand on homosexuality, Islam, capitalism, and the New World Order" fuel chatter.

Drudge links to an article on Charisma News explaining, "Why So Many People Think Pope Francis Is the Antichrist." The post asks whether Francis' role as antichrist signifies the second coming of Christ.

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Three conservative members of the Jefferson County school board in Colorado may face consequences for seeking unpopular changes to the AP U.S. History course last year.

Critics of the school board on Tuesday submitted more than double the number of petition signatures needed to order recall votes for three members of the school board in the November election, according to the Denver Post.

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A Florida judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of George Zimmerman against comedian Roseanne Barr for causing emotional harm and violating their privacy.

In the lawsuit, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr. protested tweets published by Barr after the death of Trayvon Martin, including a retweet with the address for the Zimmermans' home in Lake Mary, Fla., according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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