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 attempt to oust three conservative school board members in a Colorado county is drawing the interest of outside groups, including the the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, and may turn the local conflict into a national proxy fight over education issues like school choice, teacher pay and curriculum.

With the interest of Americans for Prosperity and the Independence Institute, a conservative group based on Colorado, the closely watched recall election in Jefferson County, Colorado, could take on outsize importance.

Jefferson County received national attention last year when the conservative school board majority set out to review the AP U.S. History curriculum and ensure that the course didn't "encourage or condone civil disorder." Even though the school board eventually scuttled the plan, opposition to the conservative majority has grown in the county among parents frustrated with the board's actions.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday laid out how he would tackle Planned Parenthood without the support of Congress if he were elected president.

When asked on about Iowa radio host Simon Conway about Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group released numerous edited videos about the women's health organization, Huckabee said he would use the Justice Department.

"I would have a Justice Department that would begin to criminally prosecute Planned Parenthood for violating federal law and selling body parts," Huckabee told Conway.

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to recognize same-sex marriages on death and birth certificates by Aug. 24, according to the Texas Tribune.

Paxton, along with another state official, was ordered last week to appear at a contempt of court hearing over the state's refusal to amend the death certificate of a Texas resident's spouse. According to John Stone-Hoskins, the state would not change the document following the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to note that his late husband had been married.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday took a swing at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, arguing that by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2009, Obama and his administration allowed the Islamic State to gain power.

"That premature withdrawal was the fatal error, creating the void that ISIS moved in to fill -- and that Iran has exploited to the full as well," Bush said during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., according to the New York Times.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday defended comments he made earlier in the day suggesting that Republicans consider the services unrelated to abortion provided by Planned Parenthood before defunding the organization.

The real estate mogul had initially indicated support for congressional Republicans' efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, but he backed away from that stance in a Tuesday morning interview on CNN. He said he would want to take another look at the other services provided by the organization before cutting of federal funding entirely.

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After focusing his insults on his GOP rivals and Fox News host Megyn Kelly over the weekend, Donald Trump on Tuesday turned his attention toward Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

After a speech at a rally in Michigan, Trump criticized the way Sanders handled a Black Lives Matter protest during a Saturday rally in Seattle. The Democratic candidate left the campaign event when protesters took over the podium before his speech.

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After a contentious weekend full of attacks against Fox News and host Megyn Kelly, Trump indicated on Tuesday morning that he had mended his relationship with the network.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo, Trump said that he spoke with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes over the phone on Monday. Cuomo asked Trump if he made a "deal" with Ailes.

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After repeatedly lashing out at Fox News host Megyn Kelly over the weekend, Donald Trump returned to Fox News for a phone interview on "Fox and Friends."

"Glad you’re back with us and glad we're friends again," co-host Steve Doocy said as he welcomed Trump to the show.

"Well we are friends, Steve. We've always been friends," Trump responded.

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