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

As "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace peppered Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) with questions about the Republican plan to address a potential Supreme Court ruling against Affordable Care Act subsidies, the congressman repeatedly refused to explain the party’s solution.

“We will have an answer. We will have a solution,” Ryan, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, responded when first asked if Republicans have a fix. “We don’t want people to fall victim because of this bad law.”

Read More →

Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has postponed a Monday NAACP meeting after she initially said that she would address accusations that she has been pretending to be black.

"Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow's meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time,” Dolezal said in an email statement delaying the meeting, according to ABC News.

Read More →

A judge on Friday granted the St. Louis Zoo a restraining order against a gun rights activist planning a march at the zoo on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jeffry Smith, who organized an open carry march in downtown St. Louis last year, said he planned on carrying firearms into the zoo on Saturday in order to protest the zoo's policy banning weapons. He invited others to join him on the gun rights demonstration and created a Facebook event for the protest.

Read More →

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), one of the Senate's most vocal climate change deniers, on Thursday dismissed Pope Francis' decision to address climate change in an upcoming encyclical.

"Everyone is going to ride the pope now. Isn’t that wonderful,” Inhofe said when asked about the pontiff's views at the Heartland Institute's climate conference, according to The Guardian. “The pope ought to stay with his job, and let us stay with ours.”

Read More →

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Friday said that the organization would respect the privacy of the Spokane NAACP chapter president, who has reportedly been pretending to be black.

"NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record," the statement reads.

Read More →

A Texas teacher was fired on Thursday over a controversial Facebook post in which she said that black people should be "segregated" in response to the resignation of Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Karen Fitzgibbons, an elementary school teacher in the Frenship Independent School District, wrote on Facebook that she did not think Casebolt needed to resign after a video showed him slamming a black 15-year-old girl to the ground and pointing a gun at teenagers at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Read More →

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) suspended his presidential campaign on Thursday after his son-in-law suffered a stroke, according to the New York Times.

His son-in-law, Dr. David Levy, was hospitalized on Tuesday after he suffered a stroke on a Seattle-bound flight from Chicago, according to a statement from the Pataki campaign. The plane was diverted to Fargo, N.D., where Levy was hospitalized. He will be transported to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on Thursday, where he will remain in intensive care.

Read More →

A white woman accused of making racist comments that sparked a fight at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, last week has been placed on administrative leave at her job at CoreLogic.

"CoreLogic does not condone violence, discrimination or harassment and takes conduct that is inconsistent with our values and expectations very seriously," the technology and data analysis company said in a Tuesday statement to the Dallas Morning News. "As a result of these pending allegations, we have placed the employee in question on administrative leave while further investigations take place."

Read More →