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 Florida school district on Tuesday banned the distribution of religious materials from outside organizations after a Satanic group tried to hand out coloring books to students, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Orange County school district, which includes Orlando, had allowed religious groups to hand out materials each year on Religious Freedom Day. The Christian group World Changers distributed Bibles to students, and the board allowed the Central Florida Freethought Community to hand out atheist materials last year after the group won a lawsuit.

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A Republican Montana lawmaker looking to expand the state's indecent exposure law thinks that yoga pants should be banned in public, but stopped short of proposing a ban.

State Rep. David Moore (R) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban any public nipple exposure (including men's) and "any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of, or simulates, the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region," according to Mother Jones.

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NBC News announced Tuesday night that the network would suspend Brian Williams for six months without pay after the "Nightly News" anchor admitted that his story about flying on a helicopter that took fire during the 2003 Iraq invasion was false.

NBC News President Deborah Turess announced the decision in a memo to staff obtained by Politico.

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A Pennsylvania state police Cpl. Richard Schroeter was charged with five counts of reckless endangerment on Tuesday in the shooting death of a fellow police officer, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the police force, allegedly shot and killed Trooper David Kedra by accident in September while teaching five officers on a new weapon at a training facility in Plymouth Township.

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An Alabama woman was arrested on Tuesday after she offered to perform a same-sex marriage inside the Autauga County probate judge's office, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

After a gay couple received their marriage license from the probate judge's office, Anne Susan Diprizio, who says she is an ordained minister, offered to conduct a marriage ceremony right there.

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The hotel manager for the Ritz Carlton at which Brian Williams stayed while covering Hurricane Katrina recently cast doubt on some of the stories he told about his time in New Orleans after the storm.

Some of Williams statements about what he witnessed in New Orleans were called into question after the NBC News anchor admitted last week to telling a bogus story about his coverage of the Iraq War.

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