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.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday defended the bill he signed in 2011 requiring voters to present a photo ID after Hillary Clinton jabbed numerous Republican presidential candidates, including Perry, for working "against voting rights."

"Here in Texas, former governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with a purpose of discriminating against minority voters," Clinton said during a speech on Thursday. "He applauded when the Voting Rights Act was gutted. And said the lost protections were outdated and unnecessary."

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Late Update: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans confirmed Geller was the unnamed initial target, the AP reported. "There was some mention of that name," Evans said, but he dismissed it as "wishful thinking."

Original story:

The man shot and killed by law enforcement in Boston on Tuesday had allegedly planned to behead anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, according to news reports.

Usaama Rahim had been under surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and authorities approached him on Tuesday because they believed that he was planning a separate attack on law enforcement officers, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent filed in federal court. Rahim, who authorities said was wielding a knife at the time, was killed in the confrontation with officers.

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Just a few months after he signed a controversial religious freedom bill, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) issued a letter ostensibly to welcome the attendees of a Pride Festival in Indiana to the state, but failed to specifically mention the LGBT community, according to the Indy Star.

"On behalf of the people of Indiana, welcome to Indianapolis," Pence wrote in the letter. "I am confident that those of you who traveled from out of state will come to know our famous Hoosier Hospitality."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) apologized late Wednesday for making a joke about Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to bury his son Beau, who died of brain cancer.

"Vice President Joe Biden," Cruz said at a Livingston County Republican dinner in Howell, Mich., according to the Detroit News. "You know the nice thing? You don't need a punch line."

"I promise you it works," the senator continued. "The next party you're at, just walk up to someone and say, 'Vice President Joe Biden' and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing."

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Four people were charged with disturbing the peace after cheering too loudly at a high school graduation ceremony in Senatobia, Miss., Memphis television station WREG reported on Tuesday.

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where the ceremony was held, told WREG that Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster, told attendees at the ceremony to refrain from cheering and applause until the end of the ceremony.

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The Cleveland police officer acquitted in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects last month was charged with assault following an incident with his brother, according to Cleveland.com.

Michael Brelo was arrested last week after he allegedly hit his brother, Mark Brelo, in the head, face and body, according to Cleveland.com. Michael Brelo was drunk and showed "obvious signs of recent physical altercation" following the incident, according to the arrest report. He allegedly knocked on the doors of several homes in Bay Village, Ohio, before his arrest, according to the arrest report.

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