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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

The recall election for the three Jefferson County school board members who pushed for changes to the AP U.S. History curriculum will be placed on the general November ballot, the county clerk announced on Thursday.

Critics of the school board majority submitted recall petitions in July. Board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk have been criticized by parents and students for an attempt to make sure the AP U.S. History course emphasized "positive aspects of the United States and its heritage." The plan was nixed after students staged walk-outs protesting the proposed changes. Parents are also concerned about the board's stance on school choice and teacher turnover in the Colorado district.

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After conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt stumped Donald Trump with questions about the Iran Revolutionary Guard's special Quds Force, Laura Ingraham rushed to the real estate mogul's defense by attacking Hewitt's tactics.

Trump confused the Quds force with the Kurdish ethnic group in the Middle East, and was also unable to answer Hewitt's questions about the leaders of world terror organizations. Trump whined about the host's "gotcha" questions, and called Hewitt a "third-rate radio announcer" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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A Louisiana police officer was fired on Wednesday after a photo of him giving a Nazi salute at a rally in North Carolina surfaced on Facebook, according to Acadiana news station KATC.

The Lake Arthur council on Wednesday voted unanimously to fire Raymond Mott, who is pictured on the far left wearing what appears to be KKK insignias. During the council meeting, Mott, a police officer with the Lake Arthur force, said that his firing was unfair and that the photograph was taken out of context.

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Both the lawyer representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her husband said on Friday that despite being jailed for repeatedly refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, Davis will not resign and will remain in jail.

On Friday morning, Joe Davis (pictured above), Kim's husband, held a sign outside the Rowan County Courthouse that read, "Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah."

"She won't resign, I promise you," he said, according to The Courier-Journal. "Until something gives, she'll be there."

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Donald Trump on Friday morning weighed in on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that while the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage should be followed, clerks who object should be able to opt out.

"The decision came down from the Supreme Court," Trump said when asked about Davis on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "So I’m a believer in both sides of the picture."

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Jeb Bush on Thursday said that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis "is sworn to uphold the law," and that there should be a way for people to stay true to their beliefs while still allowing same-sex couples to get married.

"It seems to me that there ought to be common ground, there ought to be a big enough space for her to act on her conscience, and for now that the law is the law of the land, for a gay couple to be married in whatever jurisdiction that is," Bush told reporters after a town hall event in New Hampshire, according to Buzzfeed News. "I’m a little confused about why that can’t be done."

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As Kentucky clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Republican presidential candidates have split on whether Davis should have to comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Davis has said she's defying the law "on God's authority."

All of the candidates who have weighed in have expressed opposition to gay marriage, but while some have defended Davis, others have called on her to follow the law.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly brought on Jorge Ramos on Wednesday night, where the two got into a heated debate over Ramos' role as an anchor at Spanish language television network Univision.

After the two discussed their disagreements over building a wall at the southern border and undocumented immigrants, O'Reilly challenged Ramos over his reporting style. The Univision anchor recently got kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference temporarily for asking the candidate a question without first being called on.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite numerous court orders.

"I don't think anybody should have to choose between following their conscience, their religious beliefs and giving up their job or facing financial sanctions," he told the Huffington Post when asked if Davis should resign. "We are seeing government today discriminate against whether it's clerks, florists, musicians or others. I think that's wrong. I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience."

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