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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday said that the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

"I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody, I think that that symbolism needs to end, and I think South Carolina is doing the right thing," he told host Jeff Kuhner on WKRO radio, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday announced that he has begun the process to remove Confederate flag symbols from state-issued license plates following a Supreme Court decision on the matter and the renewed debate in South Carolina over the flag.

“As Governor Haley said yesterday, her state can ill afford to let this symbol continue to divide the people of South Carolina," he said in a Tuesday statement. "I believe the same is true here in Virginia. Although the battle flag is not flown here on Capitol Square, it has been the subject of considerable controversy, and it divides many of our people."

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Numerous Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee and the state's Republican party chairman on Monday called for the state to remove the bust of a Confederate general from the Tennessee capitol following the debate over whether South Carolina should continue to fly the Confederate flag on its capitol grounds.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) on Monday called for the state to remove from the capitol the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Don Lemon on Monday night held up an uncensored sign with the N-word ahead of a debate about racism and President Obama's use of the racial epithet, prompting Twitter users to troll him and his placard.

After holding up the sign, the CNN anchor asked, "Does this offend you?" He also held up a Confederate flag, as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the flag to be removed from the state's capitol grounds.

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Walmart will stop selling Confederate flags and any merchandise featuring the flag, CNN reported on Monday.

"We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment -- whether in our stores or on our web site," Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told CNN. "We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly -- this is one of those instances."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) held a question and answer session on Facebook on Monday to field inquiries about his bid for president, but ultimately he was forced to answer quite a few bizarre questions entirely unrelated to the issues of the campaign.

The former governor addressed questions about "the Illuminist," living with bears, and whether he is gay.

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Rafael Cruz, Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) father, on Saturday said that northeastern Jews and Catholics put their allegiance to the Democratic Party ahead of their religion.

"Unfortunately, in the northeast, the Jews are Democrats first and Jews second," he said at an event on Saturday held by the Palm Beach County Tea Party. "This is what has happened to a great many in the Catholic church. They are Democrats first and Catholics second."

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President Obama joined comedian Marc Maron for his "WTF" podcast on Friday, and used the N-word while explaining that racism still persists in America.

"The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and discrimination in almost every institution of our lives—that casts a long shadow. And that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on. We’re not cured of it," Obama said in the interview taped on Friday and published on Monday.

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Monday knocked some of the 2016 contenders who have declined to say that the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston was racially motivated.

"Not everything is about race in this country. But when it is about race, then it just is," Carson began in a USA Today op-ed published on Monday. "So when a guy who has been depicted wearing a jacket featuring an apartheid-era Rhodesian flag walks into a historic black church and guns down nine African-American worshipers at a Bible study meeting, common sense leads one to believe his motivations are based in racism."

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