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 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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Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented journalist and activist, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas on Tuesday after trying to board a plane to Los Angeles, Calif., according to United We Dream statement.

Vargas traveled to the border on Thursday to interview undocumented immigrants who had fled Central America. When he got to the border town of McAllen, he realized he would need to pass through a Border Patrol station in order to leave.

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According to Colorado Gov. John Hicklenlooper, he had no chance against President Obama in a game of pool.

The governor told the audience at a National Governor's Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. that he "felt pretty good" about his ability to beat Obama going into the game, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hickenlooper said he even thought he might need to let the President win.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, on Sunday said the House doesn't have grounds to impeach President Obama.

"We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment. The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States. He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that," Goodlatte said on ABC's "This Week."

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Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, said that while it was sad to see young undocumented immigrants at the southwest border, some of the teens looked like a "threat."

"It’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies," McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday." "I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat to coming into the United States."

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