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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After Pope Francis delivered his address to Congress on Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz highlighted the pontiff's comments on religious extremism, highlighting a comparison between his remarks and those previously made by President Obama.

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In his address to Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis called on lawmakers to be "courageous" and work to help the poor and the environment.

The pontiff mentioned his recent encyclical on the environment, noting that people must serve the "common good" as well as "the earth."

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Pope Francis on Thursday urged people to address immigrants and refugees as people, not merely a problem in his speech before Congress.

"Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities," he said.

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In his speech before Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis call on the world to combat violence and extremism, noting that every religion is susceptible to pockets of fundamentalism.

"Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind," he said.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday suggested that the Supreme Court may strike down the death penalty.

During a speech at Rhodes College in Tennessee, he said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the court rules that it is unconstitutional, according to The Commercial Appeal. Scalia added that he believes that the Constitution allows for the death penalty as long as there is a fair trial.

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Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday blasted the court's June ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, describing the decision as "extreme," according to the Associated Press.

During a speech at Rhodes College in Tennessee, Scalia said the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage was "the furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants."

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning explained why he has decided to boycott Fox News after he complained on Wednesday that the network treats him "unfairly."

The real estate mogul said that Fox host Bill O'Reilly "is okay," even though Fox News cancelled Trump's appearance on O'Reilly's show Wednesday night. The network said they cancelled the appearance before Trump announced his boycott. Trump complained about how the network covers his performance in the polls.

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday night explained to Fox News' Megyn Kelly why she has still refused to resign despite numerous failed attempts to receive an accommodation for her religious beliefs.

"If I resign I lose my voice," Davis said. "Why should I have to quit a job that I love, that I’m good at? I’ve been a county employee and served the public well for over 26 years before I got elected. It just comes back to, they can accommodate for all sorts of other issues, and we ask for one simple accommodation, and we cannot receive it."

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As many conservatives fret over Pope Francis' views on climate change and income inequality ahead of his Thursday speech before Congress, Fox News host Shepard Smith chided those individuals who have criticized the pope for talking about "political" issues.

During Fox News coverage of Pope Francis' arrival at the White House on Wednesday morning, host Bill Hemmer mentioned that the pontiff may discuss issues that both Democrats and Republicans may disagree with during his address on Thursday.

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