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

Two members of the Marion County Republican committee resigned on Monday after they flew three Confederate flags from the county GOP's float in a local Independence Day parade on Saturday, the Des Moines Register reported.

Owen and Linda Golay, both members of the Marion County, Iowa, Republicans' central committee, pulled the GOP's parade float behind their truck, from which they hung three Confederate flags. Owen Golay also hung signs detailing the congressional acts that have recognized Confederate veterans. In the float behind the Golays' truck, Republican party members held campaign signs for GOP candidates, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), according to the Des Moines Register.

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Sarah Palin announced on Saturday that she would stop selling subscriptions to the Sarah Palin Channel in August, a little over a week after Fox News cut ties with the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Palin told subscribers to her channel that the content on her site will now be free, and that those with annual subscriptions would be refunded for the rest of the year, according to Mediaite.

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Instead of remarking on the Confederate flag when the South Carolina legislature convened on Monday, state Sen. Lee Bright (R) used his time on the Senate floor to rail against same-sex marriage.

Bright noted that the White House was "lit up in the abomination colors" after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

"This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you," he said.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for refusing to denounce comments made by fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants, calling the senator a hypocrite.

When asked on Sunday about Trump's remarks, Cruz said that he would not "attack" Trump because he refused to engage in "Republican on Republican violence."

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A firefighter in Minnesota was suspended on Sunday after flying a Confederate flag from a fire truck he was driving during the Third of July Parade in Albert Lea, Minn., on Friday, numerous media outlets reported.

Brian Nielsen, who has worked at the Hartland Fire Department for about 10 years, said that he decided to fly the flag without consulting the rest of the department.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have pushed their socialist ideals on the country.

"I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare,” he said on the John Catsimatidis radio show, according to The Hill. "We are on the path toward socialism. It’s not too late but the hour is late."

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A statue honoring Confederate Civil War veterans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was vandalized over the weekend, multiple news outlets reported on Sunday.

The Silent Sam statue, which was erected in 1913 as a monument to the UNC alumni who died in the Civil War, was found spray-painted with the phrases "black lives matter," "KKK," and "murderer" on Sunday morning, according to CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday condemned recent remarks made about Mexican immigrants by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but Santorum also insisted that Trump "points to a very important thing."

Trump last month called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers, prompting to numerous members in the Republican party to denounce his remarks.

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