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 Utah state Board of Education on Thursday put new science standards on hold due to concerns over local input and topics like climate change, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The school board's Standards and Assessment Committee had planned to release the new standards this month to the public for review. However, the committee instead sent them back to the State Office of Education, which drafted the standards.

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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke met with NBC executives on Sunday at his house to discuss how to handle the growing questions about news anchor Brian Williams, Politico Playbook reported.

Last week, the news anchor admitted his story about being on board a helicopter that took fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was false.

Since then, additional versions of his Iraq story surfaced, revealing that the newsman had embellished the story over the course of a decade. The NBC "Nightly News" anchor on then took himself off air temporarily and cancelled his upcoming appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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NBC News anchor Brian Williams has told different versions of a story about his experience on board a helicopter in 2006 during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, adding more questions about his reporting after he admitted embellishing a tale about the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During a 2007 video interview with a Fairfield University student, Williams recalled "the war with Hezbollah in Israel a few years back, where there were Katyusha rockets passing just underneath the helicopter I was riding in."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday blasted President Obama's economic policy, claiming that the economy has only improved for the rich.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Cruz what he would say to potential 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton if she claimed Democrats fixed an economy destroyed by Republicans.

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As Brian Williams announced this weekend that he would temporarily take himself off the air over his bogus story about an experience in Iraq in 2003, a video of the NBC News anchor recalling the tale in 2007 surfaced.

A Fairfield University student interviewed Williams in November 2007 before he gave a speech at the school. She asked him what experience had the most impact on him.

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Buzzfeed Editor Ben Smith will interview President Obama on Tuesday, marking the first presidential interview for the website, CNN reported on Sunday.

"BuzzFeed News has had our share of big stories and big interviews, but this will be our first interview with a sitting president of the United States," Smith wrote in a Sunday announcement on Buzzfeed. "It’s a nice tribute to the work my colleagues have done to take this place from an ambitious, zany experiment to one of the most ambitious new news and media organizations in the world."

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