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 suspected gunman who shot and killed two Virginia journalists during a live newscast early Wednesday morning shot himself on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, Virginia, hours later, state police told television station WDBJ.

There were conflicting reports on Wednesday morning about whether the suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, had died. After initially reporting that he had died, WDBJ indicated that he remains alive. The station's general manager reported on air that the suspect was in "very critical condition."

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported that Flanagan had died.

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After two journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning during live local newscast for television station WDBJ, the boyfriend of one of the victims opened up about his relationship and mourned the loss of his girlfriend.

Chris Hurst, who is also an anchor at WDBJ, published a tweet on Wednesday morning saying that he had just moved in with Alison Parker, the 24-year-old reporter killed in the shooting. He then published a series of tweets about the woman he wanted to marry.

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The man suspected of killing two Virginia journalists and injuring their interview subject during a live broadcast posted what appeared to be his own videos of the shooting on social media before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan, who also goes by Bryce Williams. Flanagan previously worked for WDBJ, the same television station as the victims, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

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During an appearance on Fox News Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly declined to answer host Megyn Kelly's question about birthright citizenship and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Kelly asked Cruz, who has recently backed ending birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, whether he believes that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship to those born in America or if he thinks the Constitution would need to be amended.

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During a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday night, Donald Trump ejected Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after the journalist began asking the real estate mogul about his plan to deport undocumented immigrants from the U.S. without first being called on by Trump.

As Ramos confronted Trump, he told the journalist that he had not been called upon and repeatedly told Ramos to sit down, according to video captured by CNN.

"Go back to Univision," Trump told Ramos.

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Though Fox News hosts remained largely silent during Donald Trump's first spat with Megyn Kelly, the channel's personalities were quick to defend their colleague Tuesday morning after Trump again decided to ridicule Kelly.

Trump had patched up his relationship with Fox after commenting that Kelly "had blood coming out of her wherever" during the first Republican presidential debate. However, on Monday night he said Kelly was "off her game" upon returning from vacation. He also retweeted a comment calling Kelly a "bimbo."

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The National Rifle Association, along with other gun rights groups, on Monday sued the city of Seattle over a new "gun violence tax" on those who sell firearms and ammunition in the city.

The city approved the tax earlier in August, and the ordinance will go into effect in January 2016, according to MyNorthwest.com. Seattle will direct revenue from the tax toward "prevention programs and research intended to reduce the burden of gun violence on Seattle residents and neighborhoods."

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As Donald Trump continues to garner attention and traction in the polls, two state Republican parties are trying to place obstacles in the real estate mogul's path to the Republican nomination.

The Republican parties in Virginia and North Carolina are both considering forcing candidates to sign a pledge that they will not run as an independent in order to qualify for the GOP primary ballot, according to Politico. The move could either keep Trump off of the ballot or keep him from launching an independent bid if he loses the Republican nomination.

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Donald Trump reveled in the opportunity to ridicule Jeb Bush on Tuesday morning, publishing a series of tweets mocking the former Florida governor's Monday comment about "anchor babies."

While defending his use of the term "anchor babies" during a trip near the U.S.-Mexico border, Bush said he used the term to refer to Asian immigrants.

"What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there's organized efforts, and frankly, it's more related to Asian people coming into our country and having children in that organized effort," he continued.

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Despite Donald Trump's insistence that he will win the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election, a Gallup poll released on Monday shows that Trump's favorability among Hispanics lags far behind the rest of the Republican field.

Since Gallup began surveying Hispanics in early July, just 14 percent viewed Trump favorably while 65 percent viewed him unfavorably, leaving the real estate mogul with a net -51 percent favorability rating with Hispanics. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) tied for the next most unpopular presidential candidate among Hispanics with net -7 percent favorability ratings, according to Gallup.

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