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

Local and federal law enforcement officials are investigating an explosion on Tuesday near the office of the NAACP Colorado Springs chapter.

Investigators are examining an improvised explosive device made with a gas cannister that went off near the building that houses the NAACP chapter and a hair salon. And authorities are looking for a a person of interest described as a "Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding."

Read More →

A Pennsylvania grand jury on Thursday recommended charges against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) for allegedly leaking materials to the press from an old grand jury investigation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The grand jury decided that there was evidence to suggest that Kane, a Democratic rising star, leaked secret grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News about a 2009 investigation into the financial affairs of J. Whyatt Mondesire, who was the head of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP at the time. The panel concluded that Kane shared the grand jury information in an attempt to embarrass political rivals.

Read More →

It seems the chair of the Alabama Democratic Party gave her friends and colleagues a little too much information in her annual holiday letter.

During a long-winded tale about her knee injury, Chairwoman Nancy Worley threw in a paragraph about how she got stuck on her toilet, according to a copy of the letter received by Alabama Media Group columnist Kyle Whitmire.

Read More →

After a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November, officers pushed his 14-year-old sister to the ground and handcuffed her, according to extended video of the incident published by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

About two minutes into the surveillance video from a nearby recreation center, a young woman identified as Rice's sister ran toward the boy. Officers can be seen forcing her to the ground, handcuffing her, and eventually leading her to the back of the police car.

Read More →

The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice had previously failed the written exam to be a deputy in the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, according to documents reviewed by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Timothy Loehmann took the exam in September 2013 and scored a 46 percent on the cognitive exam administered by the department. The department considers a 70 percent a passing score.

Read More →

The victim killed in the shooting at a VA clinic in El Paso, Texas, was a doctor, the FBI confirmed to the Washington Post on Wednesday.

The gunman shot and killed himself at the VA clinic attached to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty, the commanding general at Fort Bliss, said on Tuesday night. He did not provide details on the identity of the shooter or victim.

Read More →