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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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night questioned whether Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was ready for the scrutiny of a presidential campaign, citing numerous recent interviews in which Paul was testy with reporters.

Paul told Kelly that "interviews are difficult," especially when they are contentious and the interviewer is "editorializing."

"I don’t think it makes for good TV on both sides. And I do lose my cool," Paul said on "The Kelly File," adding that viewers don't want to watch "yelling."

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A Ferguson court clerk fired following the Justice Department's report on city officials' conduct said on Tuesday that while she did send racist jokes in emails to her coworkers, she is not racist.

Mary Ann Twitty was one of three Ferguson city employees that the Justice Department alleged circulated racist emails from their work email accounts. One of the emails Twitty sent featured a photo of Ronald Reagan feeding a baby chimpanzee with the caption, "Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962."

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Wisconsin's Republican state treasurer on Tuesday successfully banned the state's Board of Commissioners of Public Lands from discussing climate change, according to Bloomberg News.

State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk (pictured above), who sits on the public land board, started trying to remove references to climate change from the board's website in January, and he resurfaced the issue on Tuesday at a board meeting.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Tuesday said the video that appears to show a white South Carolina police officer shooting a black man in the back was "troubling" and noted that he thought the shooting was "avoidable."

"The horrific video that came to light yesterday is deeply troubling. It is clear the killing of Walter Scott was unnecessary and avoidable, and my prayers are with the Scott family as they go through this ordeal," Scott said in a Wednesday statement.

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The Ferguson City Council will have three black members for the first time in the city's history, now that voters elected two new black members to the council on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Ella Jones (pictured above), chair of Ferguson's Human Rights commission, and Wesley Bell, a Velda City municipal court judge, won their races in wards one and three, respectively. Jones and Bell will join Dwayne James, the only black member of the Ferguson City Council before Tuesday's election.

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The brother of Walter Scott, the unarmed black man allegedly shot and killed on Saturday by a white South Carolina police officer, spoke about his brother's death at a Tuesday press conference about the incident.

"I don’t think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there. And I don’t want to see anyone get shot down the way my brother got shot down," Anthony Scott said, according to video posted by Mediaite. "Justice will be served."

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While discussing potential GOP 2015 candidates who claim they would reverse the nuclear deal with Iran if elected as president, President Obama took a jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

During an interview that aired on Tuesday, NPR's Steve Inskeep asked Obama about Walker's recent comment that he would "absolutely" withdraw from the nuclear deal "on day one" if he were elected president.

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"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on Monday night lambasted the state of Indiana over its controversial religious freedom law that may have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Stewart mocked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) for defending the law by claiming that "Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination."

"First of all, can we stop talking about the people of Indiana like they’re a lost tribe from Nostalgistan?” Stewart asked. "Let’s face it — people from Indiana are no nicer or shitier than people anywhere else."

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