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

Independent candidate Greg Orman has a ten point lead over incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R) with likely and registered voters in the Kansas Senate race, according to an NBC/Marist poll released Sunday.

Among likely voters, 48 percent said they would support Orman while only 38 percent said they would support Roberts. Among registered voters, 46 percent said they would support Orman and just 36 percent said they would vote for Roberts.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday cast doubt on concerns that undocumented immigrants will cross the southern border into the United States with Ebola or that terrorists will use the disease as a weapon.

Lawmakers, candidates and pundits have expressed concern that the disease will enter the U.S. either from immigrants or due to terrorism, prompting "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace to ask Fauci about potential threats.

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The College Board on Wednesday released revised instructions for the AP U.S. History framework to address concerns that the company dramatically revised the class and presented a biased view of American history.

Following a written critique of the new exam framework by former AP History teacher Larry Krieger, conservatives said that the new course would "effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective."

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The Catholic University of America nixed a Wednesday screening of the film "Milk," a biopic about the first openly gay official to be elected to public office, Catholic news website Crux reported.

The Washington, D.C. school's College Democrats organized the event as part of LGBT Awareness Month. Students told Crux that the school approved the screening and a panel about the gay rights movement and Democratic politics last month.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, along with seven other groups, on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Jefferson County, Colo. school board expressing concern over the board's "deeply problematic" proposal to ensure that the AP U.S. History course is "patriotic."

"The board’s attempt to monitor school curricula to promote certain viewpoints means privileging the beliefs of some individuals over others," the groups wrote in the letter. "It is precisely this form of viewpoint discrimination by government that our constitutional system is designed to prevent."

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After multiple boards of education throughout the U.S. have taken steps to denounce or counter the new framework for the AP U.S. History course, Nebraska will consider condemning the new test.

A Republican member of the Nebraska state Board of Education drafted a resolution to denounce the "bias" in the new exam based on the Texas measure overriding the College Board's changes to the course, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

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The St. Louis County prosecutor's office is investigating reports of misconduct on the grand jury that will decide whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be indicted for shooting Michael Brown, the Washington Post reported.

Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch told the Post that "Twitter users" on Wednesday morning claimed that one of the jurors discussed the case with a friend.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Tuesday suggested that women don't actually care about issues like equal pay and contraception.

During an appearance on Fox News' "The Real Story," host Gretchen Carlson asked Brown about accusations made by his opponent in the New Hampshire Senate race, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

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Texas state Sen. Charles Perry (R) on Tuesday compared the lack of religious influence in U.S. government to the Holocaust during a speech at his swearing-in ceremony.

"There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way," he said, recalling a recent trip to a former German concentration camp, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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