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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

After Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced his plan to remove Common Core standards on Wednesday, the state superintendent criticized the plan as "political."

"I've not seen any drafts of bills, but it's safe to say this is a political plan in contrast to our professional plan," Superintendent John White said on Wednesday, according to WWL-TV. "It's supported by extreme outliers and it's a really sad statement."

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Potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson seemed confused on Wednesday evening about which countries belong to NATO during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

While discussing the threat that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses, Hewitt asked Carson how NATO should respond if "Putin attempts in the Baltic states anything like he’s attempted in Ukraine."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night grilled Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on his suggestion to keep immigrants out of the United States if they believe in "radical Islam."

Kelly referenced the governor's Monday comments at the American Action Forum, where he said that the U.S. "shouldn’t tolerate those who want to come and try to impose some variant of, some version of Sharia law."

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During an appearance at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit last week, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) fielded a question from an angry attendee about President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The woman grilled Santorum about Congress' inability to reverse Obama's executive actions.

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Attorney General Eric Holder joked on Wednesday that he's feeling very loved by Senate Republicans, who have repeatedly delayed the confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch, Obama's nominee to be the next attorney general.

During comments at a Center for American Progress event in Washington, D.C., Holder said, "It's almost as if the Republicans in Congress have discovered a new fondness for me," according to NPR.

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A Missouri man allegedly made plans to shoot President Obama and solicited help from a former Aryan Nation member to carry out his plot, according to federal charges filed Tuesday in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Cameron Stout of Stover, Mo. was charged in federal court on Tuesday with making threats against the President.

Stout allegedly told a confidential federal informant, who authorities said is a former member of the Aryan Nation white supremacist group, about his plans to shoot Obama, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Stout's public defender, Troy K. Stabenow, told TPM in an email on Wednesday that it's not yet clear whether Stout's threats were serious.

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